• WordNet 3.6
    • n contingence a possible event or occurrence or result
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Contingence See Contingency.
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  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “It is a wise person that adapts themselves to all contingencies; it's the fool who always struggles like a swimmer against the current.”
  • Charles Caleb Colton
    “Commerce flourishes by circumstances, precarious, transitory, contingent, almost as the winds and waves that bring it to our shores.”
  • Herbert Albert Laurens Fisher
    Herbert Albert Laurens Fisher
    “I can see only one safe rule for the historian: that he should recognize in the development of human destinies the play of the contingent and the unforeseen.”
  • Charles Baudelaire
    “Modernity is the transient, the fleeting, the contingent; it is one half of art, the other being the eternal and the immovable.”
  • W. Clement Stone
    “Sales are contingent upon the attitude of the salesman -- not the attitude of the prospect.”
  • Latin Proverb
    Latin Proverb
    “He alone is wise who can accommodate himself to all contingencies of life; but the fool contends, and struggling, like a swimmer, against the stream.”


In literature:

Under this contingency there was a better prospect of our being relieved.
"Ran Away to Sea" by Mayne Reid
Both are contingent and transitory.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
In no possible contingency which can now be foreseen shall these convictions be changed.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
My cousin, Lenox Clifford, has come over to England with the American contingent.
"A harum-scarum schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
If these contingencies held good, then Holland might be held as far as the River Waal.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
Every event is contingent upon a preceding condition.
"The World's Greatest Books--Volume 14--Philosophy and Economics" by Various
The contingent entered the Huguenot camp on October 5, 1569, two days after the defeat at Moncontour.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
He is here in the Australian contingent; in fact, he's coming to see me to-night.
"The Kangaroo Marines" by R. W. Campbell
Their view of its importance is usually contingent upon what others tell them, and upon a continuing emphasis thereof.
"The Armed Forces Officer" by U. S. Department of Defense
Oh, yes, Philip would marry her if she imposed herself upon him, if she hinted at a possible contingency.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine

In poetry:

But when word comes across the waves,
The first contingent misbehaves,
We cry aloud to all the crowd,
"Them British born are fools or knaves."
"The Canadian Way" by Abner Cosens
Almighty Power! Who through the past
Our Nation's course has safely led;
Behold again the sky o'ercast,
Again is heard the martial tread!
Our stay in each contingency,
Our Father's God, we turn to thee!
"Battle Hymn." by Alfred Castner King
And when at last the oaken wreath
Shall crown afresh the victor's brow;
And Peace the conquering sword resheath,
Be with us then, as well as now!
Our stay in each contingency,
In peace or war, we turn to Thee!
"Battle Hymn." by Alfred Castner King

In news:

DNC readies ' contingency plan,' watches weather for Obama acceptance speech.
Several senators expressed concern recently that agencies involved in contingency operations overseas were neglecting recommendations to better manage and oversee their work in war zones.
Louis' Lockout Contingency Plan Includes Europe.
But you had contingencies .
Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster already has contingency plans.
Contingencies can offset costs in all SCCA programs (Weber photo).
"In addition to these programs, Regions and groups of racers have also put together a number of contingencies for their own local events and Championships through local sponsors, making the actual payouts even larger.".
Contingency operations subject to sequestration. Posts Over $60K In Contingency At Loretta Lynn's.
Council questions Bing proposal, prepares ' contingency plan' for layoffs.
Iran is top ' contingency ' in whittled US war plans.
Pentagon is planning ' contingency ' for Iran and North Korea.
Thank you for your invitation to appear here today to discuss Senate bill 2139, the Comprehensive Contingency Contracting Reform Act of 2012.
Mayor Ron Littlefield readies ' contingency ' bill to purchase AT&T Field.
Contingency Plans Are Few if Court Strikes Down Insurance Requirement.

In science:

Thus, this argument must be taken as contingent upon the definition of these theories.
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
In fact, we have shown that this relationship is contingent on the dispersion relation and how the HSV depend on the normal-mode frequencies.
Coarse graining and control theory model reduction
We need a way for indexing cells in a contingency table and for other ob jects having similar structure. A contingency table for a set of J discrete measurements, with Lj possible outcomes for measurement j , is a J -dimensional table having Lj + 1 cells in dimension j .
Grade of Membership Analysis: One Possible Approach to Foundations
If L defines a set of measurements, LL is a set of all possible outcomes of these measurements, and L0 L is a complete set of indices for the contingency table.
Grade of Membership Analysis: One Possible Approach to Foundations
We drop index L in notations LL and L[J ] L if it does not create an ambiguity. A contingency table may be constructed for any sample by putting in the cell with index ℓ the number of individuals who (a) have outcome ℓj for measurement j if ℓj 6= 0; and (b) have arbitrary outcomes for all other measurements.
Grade of Membership Analysis: One Possible Approach to Foundations