Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A joining or touching.
  • noun Contingency.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun See contingency.

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  • noun geometry Contact; touching.
  • noun angle of contingence: the infinitesimally small angle between the circumference of a circle and its tangent at the point of contact, or the angle between two tangents to a curve at consecutive points.
  • noun line of contingence: a tangent; a contingent line; a tangent line.
  • noun Contingency.

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  • noun a possible event or occurrence or result

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Examples

  • Condemning theory because it lends itself to certain political doctrines is also inappropriate as binding it to a particular contingence is violence to it.

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  • Condemning theory because it lends itself to certain political doctrines is also inappropriate as binding it to a particular contingence is violence to it.

    Philosophy facilitates the wayfarer’s subsistence

  • The only course on which he could determine, was to stand by the helm like a resolute pilot, watch every contingence, do his best to weather each reef and shoal, and commit the rest to heaven and his patroness.

    The Monastery

  • Whilst they attribute all to natural causes, [6646] contingence of all things, as

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • An authentic love should assume the contingence of the other; that is to say, his lacks, his limitations, and his basic gratuitousness.

    Beauvoir's Positive Side

  • Poland now says it will send some 1,000 troops to boost NATO contingence there.

    CNN Transcript Sep 14, 2006

  • You can do it much more with large contingence of Marines.

    CNN Transcript Dec 2, 2001

  • Pinar del Rio and we have told him that he will have all the needed resources to increase tobacco production at any cost and regardless of any contingence.

    FIDEL CASTRO'S ADDRESS AT MAY DAY CEREMONIES

  • In this manner, we will be able to face any contingence.

    1970 SUGAR HARVEST RALLY

  • It is interesting to note that, following St. Anselm's "Monologium", he takes the human soul as the first element of observation as to the contingence of nature, and thence rises to God.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 7: Gregory XII-Infallability

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