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[kuh n-tin-juh n-see] /kənˈtɪn dʒən si/

noun, plural contingencies.
dependence on chance or on the fulfillment of a condition; uncertainty; fortuitousness:
Nothing was left to contingency.
a event; a chance, accident, or possibility conditional on something uncertain:
He was prepared for every contingency.
something incidental to a thing.
noun (pl) -cies

something dependent on a possible future event
a fact, event, etc, incidental to or dependent on something else
(in systemic grammar)


dependence on chance; uncertainty


“unexpected additional expenses,” 1660s, from contingency.

1560s, “quality of being contingent,” from contingent + -cy. Meaning “a chance occurrence” is from 1610s.


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