[ kuh n-tin-juh nt ]
/ kənˈtɪn dʒənt /



Nearby words

  1. contingency fund,
  2. contingency plan,
  3. contingency reserve,
  4. contingency table,
  5. contingency tax,
  6. contingent beneficiary,
  7. contingent fee,
  8. contingent liability,
  9. contingent worker,
  10. continual

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


/ (kənˈtɪndʒənt) /



Derived Formscontingently, adverb

Word Origin for contingent

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

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Word Origin and History for contingent



late 14c., from Old French contingent or directly from Latin contingentem (nominative contingens) "happening, touching," present participle of contingere "to touch" (see contact). The noun is from 1540s, "thing happening by chance;" as "a group forming part of a larger group" from 1727.

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