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contingency

[kuh n-tin-juh n-see] /kənˈtɪn dʒən si/
noun, plural contingencies.
1.
dependence on chance or on the fulfillment of a condition; uncertainty; fortuitousness:
Nothing was left to contingency.
2.
a contingent event; a chance, accident, or possibility conditional on something uncertain:
He was prepared for every contingency.
3.
something incidental to a thing.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; conting(ent) + -ency
Synonyms
2. emergency, likelihood, predicament.
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Examples from the web for contingencies
  • Putting too many contingencies in your offer, however, is likely to derail your bid.
  • There were no contingencies or caveats in the offer letter.
  • They are not meant to account for all unforeseen contingencies.
  • The amount of oversight for contingencies relating to disaster was negligible.
  • The idea is that volumes of data can unearth patterns or contingencies.
  • Linguistic inheritance, by contrast, is a story of irreducible patterns and historical contingencies.
  • But everyone's future is unknown and planning for contingencies is always a good idea.
  • Corporations' insurance programmes will routinely include coverage of non-standard contingencies.
  • Each action comes with thoughts of consequences and contingencies.
  • Even when selective pressures are the same, evolutionary quirks and contingencies can generate quite different outcomes.
British Dictionary definitions for contingencies

contingency

/kənˈtɪndʒənsɪ/
noun (pl) -cies
1.
  1. a possible but not very likely future event or condition; eventuality
  2. (as modifier): a contingency plan
2.
something dependent on a possible future event
3.
a fact, event, etc, incidental to or dependent on something else
4.
(in systemic grammar)
  1. modification of the meaning of a main clause by use of a bound clause introduced by a binder such as if, when, though, or since Compare adding (sense 3)
  2. (as modifier): a contingency clause
5.
(logic)
  1. the state of being contingent
  2. a contingent statement
6.
dependence on chance; uncertainty
7.
(statistics)
  1. the degree of association between theoretical and observed common frequencies of two graded or classified variables. It is measured by the chi-square test
  2. (as modifier): a contingency table, the contingency coefficient
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Word Origin and History for contingencies
n.

"unexpected additional expenses," 1660s, from contingency.

contingency

n.

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

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