Definition of Contingent

1. Noun. A gathering of persons representative of some larger group. "Each nation sent a contingent of athletes to the Olympics"

Generic synonyms: Assemblage, Gathering



2. Adjective. Possible but not certain to occur. "They had to plan for contingent expenses"
Similar to: Possible
Derivative terms: Contingency

3. Noun. A temporary military unit. "The peacekeeping force includes one British contingent"
Exact synonyms: Detail
Generic synonyms: Force, Military Force, Military Group, Military Unit
Category relationships: Armed Forces, Armed Services, Military, Military Machine, War Machine
Derivative terms: Detail

4. Adjective. Determined by conditions or circumstances that follow. "Arms sales contingent on the approval of congress"

5. Adjective. Uncertain because of uncontrollable circumstances. "The results of confession were not contingent, they were certain"
Similar to: Uncertain
Derivative terms: Contingency

Definition of Contingent

1. a. Possible, or liable, but not certain, to occur; incidental; casual.

2. n. An event which may or may not happen; that which is unforeseen, undetermined, or dependent on something future; a contingency.

Definition of Contingent

1. Noun. An event which may or may not happen; that which is unforeseen, undetermined, or dependent on something future; a contingency. ¹

2. Noun. That which falls to one in a division or apportionment among a number; a suitable share; proportion; ¹

3. Noun. (military) a quota of troops. ¹

4. Adjective. Possible or liable, but not certain to occur; incidental; casual. ¹

5. Adjective. (''with'' '''upon''') Dependent on something that is undetermined or unknown. ¹

6. Adjective. Dependent on something that may or may not occur. ¹

7. Adjective. Not logically necessarily true or false. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Contingent

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Contingent

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contingent (current term)
contingent claim
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Literary usage of Contingent

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1. Life Insurance: A Textbook by Solomon Stephen Huebner (1915)
"The Use of Life Insurance as a Means of Making contingent Interests Marketable.— One of the minor functions of life insurance is its use in making ..."

2. Commentaries on the Laws of England by William Blackstone, William Carey Jones (1915)
"(d) contingent remainders, how defeated. — contingent remainders may be defeated, by destroying or determining the particular estate upon which they depend, ..."

3. United States Statutes at Large: Containing the Laws and Concurrent by United States (1850)
"For contingent expenses of said office, including arrearages of six ... For contingent expenses of the office of the commissioners of the navy board, ..."

4. The First Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England, Or, A Commentary ...by Edward Coke, Thomas Littleton, Francis Hargrave, Charles Butler, Matthew Hale, Heneage Finch Nottingham by Edward Coke, Thomas Littleton, Francis Hargrave, Charles Butler, Matthew Hale, Heneage Finch Nottingham (1853)
"Remainder, KE contingent, when destroyed by accession of the inheritance to ... Distinction between contingent and vested remainders, with respect to the ..."

5. Lectures on Jurisprudence, Or, The Philosophy of Positive Law by John Austin (1885)
"ON" PRESENT OR VESTED, AND FUTURE OR contingent RIGHTS, LECT.LIU IN this evening's discourse, I shall consider the distinction A present between vested and ..."

6. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1908)
"The argument supposes, it is true, the real existence of contingent being and that existence is denied by many thinkers, notably by pantheists, materialists ..."

7. An Elementary Treatise on Estates: With Preliminary Observation of the ...by Richard Preston by Richard Preston (1828)
"[*63] *Thus, all contingent interests are executory ; and a vested estate may be executory, as far as relates to the possession, at the same time that it is ..."

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