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Pronunciation:  kun'tinjunt

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  1. [n]  a gathering of persons representative of some larger group; "each nation sent a contingent of athletes to the Olympics"
  2. [n]  a temporary military unit; "the peace-keeping force includes one British contingent"
  3. [adj]  uncertain because of uncontrollable circumstances; "the results of confession were not contingent, they were certain"- George Eliot
  4. [adj]  determined by conditions or circumstances not yet established; "arms sales contingent on the approval of congress"
  5. [adj]  possible but not certain to occur; "they had to plan for contingent expenses"

CONTINGENT is a 10 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: conditional, contingent on(p), dependant on(p), dependent on(p), depending on(p), detail, possible, uncertain
 See Also: assemblage, force, gathering, military force, military group, military unit



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Con*tin"gent\, a. [L. contingens, -entis, p. pr. of
    contingere to touch on all sides, to happen; con- + tangere
    to touch: cf. F. contingent. See {Tangent}, {Tact}.]
    1. Possible, or liable, but not certain, to occur;
       incidental; casual.
             Weighing so much actual crime against so much
             contingent advantage.                 --Burke.
    2. Dependent on that which is undetermined or unknown; as,
       the success of his undertaking is contingent upon events
       which he can not control. ``Uncertain and contingent
       causes.'' --Tillotson.
    3. (Law) Dependent for effect on something that may or may
       not occur; as, a contingent estate.
             If a contingent legacy be left to any one when he
             attains, or if he attains, the age of twenty-one.
  2. \Con*tin"gent\, n.
    1. An event which may or may not happen; that which is
       unforeseen, undetermined, or dependent on something
       future; a contingency.
             His understanding could almost pierce into future
             contingets.                           --South.
    2. That which falls to one in a division or apportionment
       among a number; a suitable share; proportion; esp., a
       quota of troops.
             From the Alps to the border of Flanders, contingents
             were required . . . 200,000 men were in arms.
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