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Other Contingent Definition

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

Misc. Definitions

\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. --Blackstone.
\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. --Milman.

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