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Meaning of CONTINGENCY

Pronunciation:  kun'tinjunsee

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a possible event or occurrence or result
  2. [n]  the state of being contingent on something
 

CONTINGENCY is a 11 letter word that starts with C.

 

 Synonyms: eventuality
 
 See Also: dependance, dependence, dependency, happening, natural event, occurrence

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Con*tin"gen*cy\, n.; pl. {Contingencies}. [Cf. F.
contingence.]
1. Union or connection; the state of touching or contact.
   ``Point of contingency.'' --J. Gregory.

2. The quality or state of being contingent or casual; the
   possibility of coming to pass.

         Aristotle says we are not to build certain rules on
         the contingency of human actions.     --South.

3. An event which may or may not occur; that which is
   possible or probable; a fortuitous event; a chance.

         The remarkable position of the queen rendering her
         death a most important contingency.   --Hallam.

4. An adjunct or accessory. --Wordsworth.

5. (Law) A certain possible event that may or may not happen,
   by which, when happening, some particular title may be
   affected.

Syn: Casualty; accident; chance.

 
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