contingent

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French contingent, from Medieval Latin contingens (possible, contingent), properly present participle of Latin contingere (to touch, meet, attain to, happen), from com- (together) + tangere (to touch).

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  • IPA(key): /kən.ˈtɪn.dʒənt/

Noun[edit]

contingent (plural contingents)

  1. An event which may or may not happen; that which is unforeseen, undetermined, or dependent on something future; a contingency.
  2. That which falls to one in a division or apportionment among a number; a suitable share; proportion;
  3. (military) a quota of troops.
    • 2014, Ian Black, "Courts kept busy as Jordan works to crush support for Isis", The Guardian, 27 November 2014:
      Arrests and prosecutions intensified after Isis captured Mosul in June, but the groundwork had been laid by an earlier amendment to Jordan’s anti-terrorism law. It is estimated that 2,000 Jordanians have fought and 250 of them have died in Syria – making them the third largest Arab contingent in Isis after Saudi Arabians and Tunisians.

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contingent (comparative more contingent, superlative most contingent)

  1. Possible or liable, but not certain to occur; incidental; casual.
  2. (with upon) Dependent on something that is undetermined or unknown.
    The success of his undertaking is contingent upon events which he can not control.
  3. Dependent on something that may or may not occur.
    a contingent estate
  4. Not logically necessarily true or false.

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contingent

  1. third-person plural future active indicative of contingō