noun, plural con·tin·gen·cies.
Examples from the Web for contingency
Turkey has cooperated at times with Israel and the West on contingency planning for Syria during its civil war.Israel Bombs Gaza While Hamas’ Kidnapping Mastermind Sits in Turkey|Eli Lake|July 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He arrived in L.A. with nowhere to go, no job, no money, and no contingency.From Homeless to HBO, ‘The Leftovers’ Star Chris Zylka’s Crazy Hollywood Story|Kevin Fallon|June 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Instead, he semi-jokingly encouraged the “heavier” members of his contingency to perhaps make their way off stage.
Even the Czech Republic, which was formerly occupied by the Soviet Union, has ruled out such a contingency.
When the first aircraft went down, Nixon said, they had a contingency plan, and they started putting it into place.
Captain Hobson, who had evidently not contemplated this contingency, expressed the hope that no such reaction would take place.The Treaty of Waitangi|T. Lindsay Buick
But the difference will not affect my point, which is that the words seem to imply the contingency of Jeremiah's leaving Anathoth.
I don't believe the company ever thought of such a contingency.The Carpet from Bagdad|Harold MacGrath
But to circumvent any contingency to the contrary, he and Red remained to guard the house and discuss the situation.Hopalong Cassidy|Clarence E. Mulford
The thought of such a contingency was painful to Willard Glazier.Sword and Pen|John Algernon Owens
British Dictionary definitions for contingency
noun plural -cies
- a possible but not very likely future event or condition; eventuality
- (as modifier)a contingency plan
- modification of the meaning of a main clause by use of a bound clause introduced by a binder such as if, when, though, or sinceCompare adding (def. 3)
- (as modifier)a contingency clause
- the state of being contingent
- a contingent statement
- the degree of association between theoretical and observed common frequencies of two graded or classified variables. It is measured by the chi-square test
- (as modifier)a contingency table; the contingency coefficient