Definition of Contingency

1. Noun. A possible event or occurrence or result.

Exact synonyms: Contingence, Eventuality
Generic synonyms: Happening, Natural Event, Occurrence, Occurrent
Derivative terms: Contingent

2. Noun. The state of being contingent on something.
Generic synonyms: Dependance, Dependence, Dependency
Derivative terms: Contingent, Contingent

Definition of Contingency

1. n. Union or connection; the state of touching or contact.

Definition of Contingency

1. Noun. The quality of being contingent, of happening by chance; unpredictability. (defdate 1560s) ¹

2. Noun. A possibility; something which may or may not happen. A chance occurrence, especially in (finance), unexpected expenses. (defdate 1610s) ¹

3. Noun. An amount of money which a party to a contract has to pay to the other party (usually the supplier of a major project to the client) if he or she does not fulfill the contract according to the specification. ¹

4. Noun. (logic countable) A statement which is neither a tautology nor a contradiction. ¹

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Definition of Contingency

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Contingency

continental shift
continental shifts
continental slope
continental slopes
contingencies fund
contingency (current term)
contingency fee
contingency plan
contingency plans
contingency procedure
contingency table
contingency tables
contingent claim
contingent negative variation
contingent on(p)
contingent probability
contingent remainder
contingent remainders

Literary usage of Contingency

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Law Reports by John Fraser Macqueen, Great Britain Parliament. House of Lords (1866)
"Bankruptcy—Premium on policy—Liability to pay money on a contingency— 12 & 13 Viet. c. 106, *. 178. A covenant to pay recurring premiums on a life policy is ..."

2. Manual of Mental and Physical Tests: A Book of Directions Compiled with by Guy Montrose Whipple (1914)
"Thus, in Table 81 the problem is to determine TABLE 8 contingency Table far Inheritance ... The formulas for computing the coefficient of contingency from ..."

3. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1905)
"This function is called the first coefficient of contingency and is denoted by (7,. The analysis of the relation of function <p in the case of normal ..."

4. A Treatise on Wills by Thomas Jarman, Leopold George Gordon Robbins, Melville Madison Bigelow (1893)
"... or else to give effect to the words of contingency chapter, by construing them as intended to provide against death within a given period. ..."

5. Lawyers' Reports Annotated by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company (1915)
"M. 405, 1 New Reports, 83, 7 LTNS 503, the principle that in ordinary cases a gift over on a contingency does not of itself prevent vesting in the first ..."

6. A Treatise on the Law of Agency: Including Not Only a Discussion of the by Floyd Russell Mechem (1914)
"ill be entitled to compensation as upon a complete performance.88 § 1544. Agency terminable on contingency.—The same rule would apply where the ..."

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