Definition of


  1. (noun, group) a gathering of persons representative of some larger group
  2. (noun, group) a temporary military unit
  3. (adj, all) possible but not certain to occur
  4. (adj, all) determined by conditions or circumstances that follow
  5. (adj, all) uncertain because of uncontrollable circumstances

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Alternate forms of Contingent

Derivations: contingency

Hypernyms: assemblage, force, gathering, military force, military group, military unit

Origin of the word Contingent

  1. late 14c., from L. contingentem (nom. contingens) "happening, touching," prp. of contingere "to touch" (see contact). more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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