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contingency plan

a course of action to be followed if a preferred plan fails or an existing situation changes.
a plan or procedure that will take effect if an emergency occurs; emergency plan. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for contingency plan
  • They also must keep a written and approved contingency plan in case of escape or natural disaster.
  • He also brushes aside the suggestion that reducing the reliance on local craftsmen is a contingency plan for the future.
  • Have a contingency plan in case you encounter complications on your trip.
  • It incorporates and replaces several parts of the previous edition of this contingency plan.
  • Public water systems must have a contingency plan ready in case of drought or similar water shortages.
Contemporary definitions for contingency plan

a program of action designed for handling possible future circumstances or events's 21st Century Lexicon
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