contingent

[ kuhn-tin-juhnt ]
/ kənˈtɪn dʒənt /

adjective

noun

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Origin of contingent

1350–1400; late Middle English (present participle) (<Middle French ) <Latin contingent- (stem of contingēns, present participle of contingere), equivalent to con-con- + ting-, variant stem of tangere to touch + -ent--ent

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British Dictionary definitions for contingent

contingent
/ (kənˈtɪndʒənt) /

adjective

noun

Derived forms of contingent

contingently, adverb

Word Origin for contingent

C14: from Latin contingere to touch, fall to one's lot, befall; see also contact
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