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NOUN (2)

1. a gathering of persons representative of some larger group;
- Example: "each nation sent a contingent of athletes to the Olympics"

2. a temporary military unit;
- Example: "the peacekeeping force includes one British contingent"
[syn: contingent, detail]


ADJECTIVE (3)

1. possible but not certain to occur;
- Example: "they had to plan for contingent expenses"

2. determined by conditions or circumstances that follow;
- Example: "arms sales contingent on the approval of congress"
[syn: contingent, contingent on(p), contingent upon(p), dependent on(p), dependant on(p), dependent upon(p), dependant upon(p), depending on(p)]

3. uncertain because of uncontrollable circumstances;
- Example: "the results of confession were not contingent, they were certain"- George Eliot


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Contingent \Con*tin"gent\, a. [L. contingens, -entis, p. pr. of contingere to touch on all sides, to happen; con- + tangere to touch: cf. F. contingent. See Tangent, Tact.] 1. Possible, or liable, but not certain, to occur; incidental; casual. [1913 Webster] Weighing so much actual crime against so much contingent advantage. --Burke. [1913 Webster] 2. Dependent on that which is undetermined or unknown; as, the success of his undertaking is contingent upon events which he can not control. "Uncertain and contingent causes." --Tillotson. [1913 Webster] 3. (Law) Dependent for effect on something that may or may not occur; as, a contingent estate. [1913 Webster] If a contingent legacy be left to any one when he attains, or if he attains, the age of twenty-one. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Contingent \Con*tin"gent\, n. 1. An event which may or may not happen; that which is unforeseen, undetermined, or dependent on something future; a contingency. [1913 Webster] His understanding could almost pierce into future contingents. --South. [1913 Webster] 2. That which falls to one in a division or apportionment among a number; a suitable share; proportion; esp., a quota of troops. [1913 Webster] From the Alps to the border of Flanders, contingents were required . . . 200,000 men were in arms. --Milman. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

contingent adj 1: possible but not certain to occur; "they had to plan for contingent expenses" 2: determined by conditions or circumstances that follow; "arms sales contingent on the approval of congress" [syn: contingent, contingent on(p), contingent upon(p), dependent on(p), dependant on(p), dependent upon(p), dependant upon(p), depending on(p)] 3: uncertain because of uncontrollable circumstances; "the results of confession were not contingent, they were certain"- George Eliot n 1: a gathering of persons representative of some larger group; "each nation sent a contingent of athletes to the Olympics" 2: a temporary military unit; "the peacekeeping force includes one British contingent" [syn: contingent, detail]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

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Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

CONTINGENT. What may or may not happen;. what depends upon a doubtful event; as, a contingent debt, which is a debt depending upon some uncertain event. 9 Ves. It. 110; Co. Bankr. Laws, 245; 7 Ves. It. 301; 1 Ves. & Bea. 176; 8 Ves. R. 334; 1 Rose, R. 523; 3 T. R. 539; 4 T. R. 570. A contingent legacy is one which is not vested. Will. on Executors, h.t. See Contingent Remainder; Contingent Use.