Definitions for contingentkənˈtɪn dʒənt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. contingent(noun)

    a gathering of persons representative of some larger group

    "each nation sent a contingent of athletes to the Olympics"

  2. contingent, detail(adj)

    a temporary military unit

    "the peacekeeping force includes one British contingent"

  3. contingent(adj)

    possible but not certain to occur

    "they had to plan for contingent expenses"

  4. contingent, contingent on(p), contingent upon(p), dependent on(p), dependant on(p), dependent upon(p), dependant upon(p), depending on(p)(adj)

    determined by conditions or circumstances that follow

    "arms sales contingent on the approval of congress"

  5. contingent(adj)

    uncertain because of uncontrollable circumstances

    "the results of confession were not contingent, they were certain"- George Eliot

Wiktionary

  1. contingent(Noun)

    An event which may or may not happen; that which is unforeseen, undetermined, or dependent on something future; a contingency.

  2. contingent(Noun)

    That which falls to one in a division or apportionment among a number; a suitable share; proportion;

  3. contingent(Noun)

    (military) a quota of troops.

  4. contingent(Adjective)

    Possible or liable, but not certain to occur; incidental; casual.

  5. contingent(Adjective)

    (with upon) Dependent on something that is undetermined or unknown.

    The success of his undertaking is contingent upon events which he can not control.

  6. contingent(Adjective)

    Dependent on something that may or may not occur.

    a contingent estate

  7. contingent(Adjective)

    Not logically necessarily true or false.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Contingent(adj)

    possible, or liable, but not certain, to occur; incidental; casual

  2. Contingent(adj)

    dependent on that which is undetermined or unknown; as, the success of his undertaking is contingent upon events which he can not control

  3. Contingent(adj)

    dependent for effect on something that may or may not occur; as, a contingent estate

  4. Contingent(noun)

    an event which may or may not happen; that which is unforeseen, undetermined, or dependent on something future; a contingency

  5. Contingent(noun)

    that which falls to one in a division or apportionment among a number; a suitable share; proportion; esp., a quota of troops

  6. Origin: [L. contingens, -entis, p. pr. of contingere to touch on all sides, to happen; con- + tangere to touch: cf. F. contingent. See Tangent, Tact.]

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Charles Baudelaire:

    Modernity is the transient, the fleeting, the contingent; it is one half of art, the other being the eternal and the immovable.

  2. Alfred North Whitehead, N. Rose Mathematical Maxims and Minims, Raleigh NC:Rome Press Inc., 1988.:

    Let us grant that the pursuit of mathematics is a divine madness of the human spirit, a refuge from the goading urgency of contingent happenings.

  3. Brian Kelly:

    We had an advanced party of 18 members of the incoming battalion arrive on Jan. 9 to begin preparations for delivery of contingent-owned equipment.

  4. Inspector General Joseph Boinnet:

    Arising from the attack, a contingent of officers responded for reinforcement and on arrival at the scene, engaged the attackers in a heavy fire-fight.

  5. Sue Trinh:

    It's not a done deal, but we are still of the view that a September lift-off is in the cards, contingent on the view that the data out of the U.S. continues to be firm.

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Translations for contingent

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • случаен, контингент, дял, пай, зависещ, условенBulgarian
  • möglich, Kontingent, AnteilGerman
  • ενδεχόμενοGreek
  • riippuvainen, ehdollinen, mahdollinenFinnish
  • hypothétique, contingent, éventuelFrench
  • आकस्मिकHindi
  • 偶然Japanese
  • contingentDutch
  • пай, до́ля, кво́та, континге́нтRussian
  • oviss, andel, avhängig, eventuellSwedish

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