[ kuhn-tin-juhnt ]
/ kənˈtɪn dʒənt /
dependent for existence, occurrence, character, etc., on something not yet certain; conditional (often followed by on or upon): Our plans are contingent on the weather.
liable to happen or not; uncertain; possible: They had to plan for contingent expenses.
happening by chance or without known cause; fortuitous; accidental: contingent occurrences.
Logic. (of a proposition) neither logically necessary nor logically impossible, so that its truth or falsity can be established only by sensory observation.
a quota of troops furnished.
any one of the representative groups composing an assemblage: the New York contingent at a national convention.
the proportion that falls to one as a share to be contributed or furnished.
something contingent; contingency.
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Origin of contingent
OTHER WORDS FROM contingent
con·tin·gent·ly, adverbnon·con·tin·gent, adjectivenon·con·tin·gent·ly, adverbun·con·tin·gent, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for contingent
/ (kənˈtɪndʒənt) /
(when postpositive, often foll by on or upon) dependent on events, conditions, etc, not yet known; conditional
logic (of a proposition) true under certain conditions, false under others; not necessary
(in systemic grammar) denoting contingency (sense 4)
metaphysics (of some being) existing only as a matter of fact; not necessarily existing
happening by chance or without known cause; accidental
that may or may not happen; uncertain
a part of a military force, parade, etc
a representative group distinguished by common origin, interests, etc, that is part of a larger group or gathering
a possible or chance occurrence
Derived forms of contingentcontingently, adverb
Word Origin for contingent
C14: from Latin contingere to touch, fall to one's lot, befall; see also contact
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