• WordNet 3.6
    • n contingency a possible event or occurrence or result
    • n contingency the state of being contingent on something
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Contingency (Law) A certain possible event that may or may not happen, by which, when happening, some particular title may be affected.
    • Contingency An adjunct or accessory.
    • Contingency An event which may or may not occur; that which is possible or probable; a fortuitous event; a chance. "The remarkable position of the queen rendering her death a most important contingency ."
    • Contingency The quality or state of being contingent or casual; the possibility of coming to pass. "Aristotle says we are not to build certain rules on the contingency of human actions."
    • Contingency Union or connection; the state of touching or contact. "Point of contingency ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n contingency The mode of existence of that which is contingent; the possibility that that which happens might not have happened; that mode of existence, or of coming to pass, which does not involve necessity; a happening by chance or free will; the being true of a proposition which would not under all circumstances be true.
    • n contingency A casualty; an accident; a fortuitous event, or one which may or may not occur.
    • n contingency A touching; a falling together; contact: as, “the point of contingency,”
    • n contingency In biometry, a method of studying statistically biological data that do not admit of numerical expression.
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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
Cf. F. contingence,


In literature:

The Sanford contingent had their trunks to unpack as soon as they should arrive.
"Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore" by Pauline Lester
The contingency, however, did not arise, for a minute or two later Fairfield himself strolled into the street.
"The Grell Mystery" by Frank Froest
The peculiarity of that contingent was that, so far as I know, not a solitary Pole ever attempted to join its ranks.
"The Making Of A Novelist" by David Christie Murray
This was a contingency which the young man had already mentioned, and for a few minutes its reiteration made me grave.
"The Paternoster Ruby" by Charles Edmonds Walk
Numberless possible contingencies were suggested to his legal acumen.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
The whole contingent, wrangling and cursing unintelligibly, came to a sudden halt in the bend of the hollow.
"Despair's Last Journey" by David Christie Murray
The English contingent from Havre had joined the French Army just before the German onslaught began.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 5, August, 1915" by Various
To every detail he gave a painstaking supervision, guarding against all possible contingencies.
"From Place to Place" by Irvin S. Cobb
In the remote contingency that it doesn't, there are still tighter screws we can put on.
"Masters of Space" by Edward Elmer Smith
So many strange contingencies seem to me improbable in the highest degree.
"On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection" by Charles Darwin

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:

Imagine having to craft a contingency plan to relocate thousands of attendees—and potentially your entire convention—just days before the event is set to begin, and with hundreds of journalists already on site, reporting your every move.
Yamaha Motor Corporation announced its YZ & WR Contingency program for the upcoming 2013 race season.
The California State University Board of Trustees approved a contingency plan that includes a 5-percent tuition hike in case Proposition 30 fails in November.
Chicago Public Schools has a contingency plan if there is a strike called Children First which will have 144 CPS Schools open to students from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm each day.
Chicago school system announces contingency plan if teachers strike.
The Chicago school system has a contingency plan in which 144 schools would provide limited services to students if a possible teachers strike becomes a reality next week.
Chicago Schools Details Its Strike Contingency Plan.
Chicago Public Schools on Thursday put in place a contingency plan listing 144 schools that would provide limited services to students affected by a possible teachers strike next week.
Jets come up with ' contingency ' plan.
CPS details its strike contingency plan.
Aldermen hear details of CPS' strike contingency plan.
IMF money for Greece contingent on debt buy back.
Closer look at new contingent .
Barclays Contingent Notes Fall on Short Selling Speculation.
The Boulder Valley School District is sending a large contingent of administrators, teachers and parents to the National Association of Gifted Children conference in Denver this week.

In science:

Testing spatial segregation using a nearest-neighbor contingency table.
Relative Density of the Random $r$-Factor Proximity Catch Digraph for Testing Spatial Patterns of Segregation and Association
Although we have demonstrated that hydrostatic Xray mass analysis is potentially a powerful means to determine MBH in gas-rich early-type galaxies, such measurements are contingent upon spatially resolved X-ray spectroscopy at the smallest possible scales.
Hydrostatic Gas Constraints on Supermassive Black Hole Masses: Implications for Hydrostatic Equilibrium and Dynamical Modelling in a Sample of Early-Type Galaxies
Alternatively, we could apply a permutation test on the contingency table of paths , shown in Figure 4(b).
Query Significance in Databases via Randomizations
This corresponds to the contingency table of paths from origin I to destination nodes K .
Query Significance in Databases via Randomizations
Figure 5 shows the contingency table of paths from those combinations.
Query Significance in Databases via Randomizations