What does contingency mean?

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

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. eventuality, contingency, contingence(noun)

    a possible event or occurrence or result

  2. contingency(noun)

    the state of being contingent on something


  1. contingency(Noun)

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

    Etymology: (16th century).

  2. contingency(Noun)

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

    Etymology: (16th century).

  3. contingency(Noun)

    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. contingency(Noun)

    A statement which is neither a tautology nor a contradiction.

    Etymology: (16th century).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Contingency(noun)

    union or connection; the state of touching or contact

  2. Contingency(noun)

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

  3. Contingency(noun)

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

  4. Contingency(noun)

    an adjunct or accessory

  5. Contingency(noun)

    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. Katie Peters:

    As we navigate the unprecedented challenge of responding to the coronavirus, we're exploring a range of contingency options to ensure we can deliver a successful convention without unnecessary risk to public health.

  2. Heidi Andermack:

    Always have a contingency budget, if you don’t use it, that’s great. But chances are you’re going to need it.

  3. Klaas Dijkhoff:

    The 6th of March, the 7th of March is when you can expect the spring influx to rise. We have until that time to find solutions ... if that doesn't lead to lower numbers, we'll have to find other measures and we'll have to do more contingency planning.

  4. Simon Coveney:

    While we have a huge amount of contingency planning in place ... I wouldn't like to give the impression that we could easily manage a no-deal Brexit, it would put huge strain on the Irish economy.

  5. Jeremy Rudin:

    We talk to them about what their exposures are, how they're evolving, how they're managing them, what experience they are having, and what their contingency plan is for the plausible, if unlikely, case that things would deteriorate further.

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