• WordNet 3.6
    • adj contingent uncertain because of uncontrollable circumstances "the results of confession were not contingent, they were certain"- George Eliot"
    • adj contingent determined by conditions or circumstances that follow "arms sales contingent on the approval of congress"
    • adj contingent possible but not certain to occur "they had to plan for contingent expenses"
    • n contingent a gathering of persons representative of some larger group "each nation sent a contingent of athletes to the Olympics"
    • n contingent a temporary military unit "the peacekeeping force includes one British contingent"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Contingent 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 contingents ."
    • Contingent (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."
    • Contingent 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."
    • Contingent Possible, or liable, but not certain, to occur; incidental; casual. "Weighing so much actual crime against so much contingent advantage."
    • Contingent 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • contingent Not existing or occurring through necessity; due to chance or to a free agent; accidentally existing or true; hence, without a known or apparent cause or reason, or caused by something which would not in every case act; dependent upon the will of a human being, or other finite free agent.
    • contingent Dependent upon a foreseen possibility; provisionally liable to exist, happen, or take effect in the future; conditional: as, a contingent remainder after the payment of debts; a journey contingent upon the receipt of advices; a contingent promise.
    • n contingent An event dependent either upon accident or upon the will of a finite free agent; an event not determinable by any rule.
    • n contingent That which falls to one in a division or apportionment among a number; a quota; specifically, the share or proportion of troops to be furnished by one of several contracting powers; the share actually furnished: as, the Turkish contingent in the Crimean war.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Contingent kon-tin′jent dependent on something else: liable but not certain to happen: accidental
    • n Contingent an event which is liable but not certain to occur: a share or proportion, esp. of soldiers
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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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. contingens, -entis, p. pr. of contingere, to touch on all sides, to happen; con-, + tangere, to touch: cf. F. contingent,. See Tangent Tact


In literature:

The Canadian contingent had begun a process of mildewing.
"On the Fringe of the Great Fight" by George G. Nasmith
The only remedy for such a contingency is the draining of the land.
"Clovers and How to Grow Them" by Thomas Shaw
If Peter was nothing to her it was singular she should have attached such importance to this contingency.
"The Tragic Muse" by Henry James
Such contingencies had been decided the moment he swallowed the scarlet syrup.
"The Seventh Noon" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
By this mess change the soldiers who arrived in later contingents were served more on the American plan of cooking.
"The Delta of the Triple Elevens" by William Elmer Bachman
On the 11th the Nizam's contingent also marched, as has that from Bombay.
"At the Point of the Bayonet" by G. A. Henty
Rituals were prepared to meet the various contingencies.
"The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria" by Morris Jastrow
Before the Boer ultimatum was issued, Western Australia and Tasmania had volunteered contingents.
"Story of the War in South Africa" by Alfred T. Mahan
The Nationalist contingent was reduced from 57 to 35.
"The Governments of Europe" by Frederic Austin Ogg
The shaking of the rock had suggested to Karl a dangerous contingency.
"The Cliff Climbers" by Captain Mayne Reid
The arrival of the Rangers at that particular time is certainly a contingency of the strangest kind.
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid
He must provide against such a contingency.
"Woodrow Wilson and the World War" by Charles Seymour
The Dale contingent always arrived early at school, and on this first day they had still more than half an hour at their disposal.
"'Lizbeth of the Dale" by Marian Keith
But there were other cords torn asunder in Orchard Glen by the unfortunate contingency of that fatal evening.
"In Orchard Glen" by Marian Keith
Ugolini's small contingent of armed retainers could not resist the town militia.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
The Marlowe Grange contingent were much exercised as to the best way to place their mattresses.
"The Madcap of the School" by Angela Brazil
Now, the second contingent of warriors began to issue from the arms-room.
"Warrior of the Dawn" by Howard Carleton Browne
It was as well to be prepared for every contingency.
"The Luck of Gerard Ridgeley" by Bertram Mitford
The first contingent, which sailed for South Africa from Quebec, Oct. 30, 1899, numbered 1141.
"The Makers of Canada: Index and Dictionary of Canadian History" by Various
The French now prepared for hostile contingencies.
"The Student's Life of Washington; Condensed from the Larger Work of Washington Irving" by Washington Irving

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:

Farmers need contingency plans to deal with economic uncertainty.
There's No Contingency Plan If Disaster Strikes On Election Day.
There's no contingency plan if disaster strikes on Election Day.
A transportation contingency plan update on Hurricane Sandy.
Trick-or-Treat contingency plans made throughout the Alliance area.
AVON LAKE, Ohio (AP) — Mitt Romney is sketching out political contingency plans that include temporarily suspending campaigning altogether if Hurricane Sandy turns deadly.
Contingency planning with the US isn't aimed at readying an imminent strike on Iran.
Contingency News Brings Corporate Transparency Back to Forefront.
Jim Link, managing director, human resources, at Randstad, provides tips to create an effective integrated contingent staffing infrastructure, in The Staffing Stream.
Pathmark pharmacy closes, but contingency plans soften the blow.
Syria peacekeeping contingency plan mulled at UN.
County to renew NARCOG pact as contingency measure.
GREENFIELD — With a one-day nurses strike still planned for Friday, Baystate Franklin Medical Center administrators have prepared a contingency plan to operate the hospital that day.
Barclays Plans Contingent Bonds as UK Pushes Banks on Capital.
A $300,000 dollar grant to Texarkana College is contingent on voters approving a tax annexation election next Tuesday.

In science:

Let us remark that iterative refinement is not contingent on the availability of a specific, i.e. non-general, equation.
Generalized modeling of ecological population dynamics
If the sites are assumed independent, one can apply traditional 2 × 2 contingency table tests to infer an excess or deficit of replacement fixed differences [12, 31].
A time-dependent Poisson random field model for polymorphism within and between two related biological species
Contingency tests of neutrality using intra/interspecific gene trees: The rejection of neutrality for the evolution of the mitochondrial cytochrome oxidase II gene in the hominoid primates.
A time-dependent Poisson random field model for polymorphism within and between two related biological species
Such a matrix with integer entries is called a contingency table.
Bounds on the number of integer points in a polytope via concentration estimates
We may use Theorem 1 to bound the number of 4 × 4 contingency tables with given “margins” R and C .
Bounds on the number of integer points in a polytope via concentration estimates
The contingency table for each pair (ci , cj ) is calculated as shown in Table 1.
Building conceptual spaces for exploring and linking biomedical resources
Bridges are calculated from contingency tables by defining a scoring function φ(ci , cj ).
Building conceptual spaces for exploring and linking biomedical resources
Hirschfeld, A connection between correlation and contingency, Proc.
On the behavior of the covariance matrices in a multivariate central limit theorem under some mixing conditions
A close reexamination of the data used by Smith and his colleagues in their 1990s study of the balancing problem gives pause against full embrace of such an axiom.5 Following their Table 2 (p. 748), we report results in a contingency table from two conditional questions about partisan control of the U.S.
Some Quantum-Like Features of Mass Politics in Two-Party Systems
The Banach space of workable contingent claims in arbitrage theory.
Optimal investment with intermediate consumption and random endowment
It is possible to improve this efficiency by actively switching multiple sources into a single output, contingent upon heralding [29–34].
Efficient generation of single and entangled photons on a silicon photonic integrated chip
As a financial implication of these results, we get that in the fractional Black–Scholes model there exists a strong arbitrage and any contingent claim may be weakly hedged with an arbitrary hedging cost.
Random variables as pathwise integrals with respect to fractional Brownian motion
Definition 4.3. A contingent claim on fractional (B , S )-market is a non-negative F1 -measurable random variable ξ .
Random variables as pathwise integrals with respect to fractional Brownian motion
Now we are ready to state main results of this section concerning hedging of contingent claims in the fractional (B , S )-market.
Random variables as pathwise integrals with respect to fractional Brownian motion
Any contingent claim ξ in the fractional (B , S )-market is weakly hedgeable.
Random variables as pathwise integrals with respect to fractional Brownian motion