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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: contingent occurrences.
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; contingency.

1350–1400; late Middle English (present participle) (< Middle French) < Latin contingent- (stem of contingēns, present participle of contingere), equivalent to con- con- + ting-, variant stem of tangere to touch + -ent- -ent

contingently, adverb
noncontingent, adjective
noncontingently, adverb
uncontingent, adjective
uncontingently, adverb
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contingent (kənˈtɪndʒənt)
adj (when postpositive, often foll by on or upon)
1.  dependent on events, conditions, etc, not yet known; conditional
2.  logic (of a proposition) true under certain conditions, false under others; not necessary
3.  (in systemic grammar) denoting contingency (sense 4)
4.  metaphysics (of some being) existing only as a matter of fact; not necessarily existing
5.  happening by chance or without known cause; accidental
6.  that may or may not happen; uncertain
7.  a part of a military force, parade, etc
8.  a representative group distinguished by common origin, interests, etc, that is part of a larger group or gathering
9.  a possible or chance occurrence
[C14: from Latin contingere to touch, fall to one's lot, befall; see also contact]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from L. contingentem (nom. contingens) "happening, touching," prp. of contingere "to touch" (see contact).
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