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”).
contingent (plural contingents)
- An event which may or may not happen; that which is unforeseen, undetermined, or dependent on something future; a contingency.
- That which falls to one in a division or apportionment among a number; a suitable share; proportion;
- (military) a quota of troops.
- Possible or liable, but not certain to occur; incidental; casual.
- (with upon) Dependent on something that is undetermined or unknown.
- The success of his undertaking is contingent upon events which he can not control.
- Dependent on something that may or may not occur.
- a contingent estate
- Not logically necessarily true or false.
- (possible but not certain to occur): incidental
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- contingent in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- contingent in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- contingent at OneLook Dictionary Search