What does contingency mean?

Definitions for contingency
kənˈtɪn dʒən sicon·tin·gen·cy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. eventuality, contingency, contingencenoun

    a possible event or occurrence or result

  2. contingencynoun

    the state of being contingent on something


  1. contingencynoun

    The quality of being contingent, of happening by chance; unpredictability.

    Etymology: (16th century).

  2. contingencynoun

    A possibility; something which may or may not happen. A chance occurrence, especially in , unexpected expenses.

    Etymology: (16th century).

  3. contingencynoun

    An amount of money which a party to a contract has to pay to the other party (usually the supplier of a major project to the client) if he or she does not fulfill the contract according to the specification.

    Etymology: (16th century).

  4. contingencynoun

    A statement which is neither a tautology nor a contradiction.

    Etymology: (16th century).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Contingencynoun

    union or connection; the state of touching or contact

  2. Contingencynoun

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

  3. Contingencynoun

    an event which may or may not occur; that which is possible or probable; a fortuitous event; a chance

  4. Contingencynoun

    an adjunct or accessory

  5. Contingencynoun

    a certain possible event that may or may not happen, by which, when happening, some particular title may be affected

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. contingency

    A situation requiring military operations in response to natural disasters, terrorists, subversives, or as otherwise directed by appropriate authority to protect US interests. See also contingency contracting.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of contingency in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of contingency in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of contingency in a Sentence

  1. Air Force:

    The B-52 demonstrates our continued resolve to apply persistent pressure on Daesh and defend the region in any future contingency.

  2. Harold Prévil:

    If there is another earthquake, I have a good strong desk. I will go under the desk, and then I will call for my contingency plan and start right away to take care of as many people as I can. Because I know what to do now.

  3. Adam Marshall:

    Political inaction has already had economic consequences, with many firms hitting the brakes on investment and recruitment decisions, worse still, some companies have moved investment and growth plans as part of their contingency preparations. Some of this investment may never come back to the UK.

  4. Thomas Vartanian:

    The first level of planning is behind the scenes and to make sure that you've got a contingency plan for anything and everything that can happen.

  5. Republican Senator Orrin Hatch:

    By admitting they have no contingency plan to assist the millions that may lose subsidies, the administration confirms how the misguided law is unworkable for the American people, i’m committed to working with my Republican colleagues on how Congress can respond to help those hurt by Obamacare’s broken promises.

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    the act of carrying something
    • A. attend
    • B. embark
    • C. carry
    • D. demolish

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