[kuh n-tin-juh nt] /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:
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; .
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
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.
noun, Insurance. 1. a person who becomes the beneficiary if the primary beneficiary dies or is otherwise disqualified.
noun 1. a fee paid to a lawyer conducting a suit, especially a suit for damages, in the event that the suit is successful and generally based on a percentage of the sum recovered.
noun 1. a liability dependent upon the occurrence of a particular event, as default by the maker of a guaranteed loan.
noun 1. a temporary or contract worker, especially one hired for one task or project.