from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Liable but not certain to occur; possible.
- adjective Dependent on other conditions or circumstances; conditional: synonym: dependent.
- adjective Happening by or subject to chance or accident; unpredictable: synonym: accidental.
- adjective Logic True only under certain conditions; not necessarily or universally true.
- noun A group or detachment, as of troops or police, assigned to aid a larger force.
- noun A representative group that is selected from or part of a larger group.
- noun An event or condition that is likely but not inevitable.
from The Century Dictionary.
- Not existing or occurring through necessity; due to chance or to a free agent; accidentally existing or true; hence, without a known or apparent cause or reason, or caused by something which would not in every case act; dependent upon the will of a human being, or other finite free agent.
- Dependent upon a foreseen possibility; provisionally liable to exist, happen, or take effect in the future; conditional: as, a contingent remainder after the payment of debts; a journey contingent upon the receipt of advices; a contingent promise.
- noun An event dependent either upon accident or upon the will of a finite free agent; an event not determinable by any rule.
- noun That which falls to one in a division or apportionment among a number; a quota; specifically, the share or proportion of troops to be furnished by one of several contracting powers; the share actually furnished: as, the Turkish contingent in the Crimean war.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Possible, or liable, but not certain, to occur; incidental; casual.
- adjective Dependent on that which is undetermined or unknown.
- adjective (Law) Dependent for effect on something that may or may not occur.
- noun An event which may or may not happen; that which is unforeseen, undetermined, or dependent on something future; a contingency.
- noun That which falls to one in a division or apportionment among a number; a suitable share; proportion; esp., a quota of troops.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun An
eventwhich may or may not happen; that which is unforeseen, undetermined, or dependenton something future; a contingency.
- noun That which falls to one in a
divisionor apportionmentamong a number; a suitable share; proportion;
- noun military a
Possibleor liable, but not certainto occur; incidental; casual.
Dependenton something that is undeterminedor unknown.
- adjective Dependent on something that may or may not occur.
- adjective Not
logicallynecessarily true or false.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a gathering of persons representative of some larger group
- adjective determined by conditions or circumstances that follow
- adjective possible but not certain to occur
- noun a temporary military unit
- adjective uncertain because of uncontrollable circumstances
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[Middle English, from Latin contingēns, contingent-, present participle of contingere, to touch; see contact.]
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
From Medieval Latin contingens ("possible, contingent"), properly present participle of Latin contingere ("to touch, meet, attain to, happen"), from com- ("together") + tangere ("to touch").
Sorry, no example sentences found.