contingency


con·tin·gen·cy

noun \kən-ˈtin-jən(t)-sē\

: something (such as an emergency) that might happen

plural con·tin·gen·cies

Full Definition of CONTINGENCY

1
:  the quality or state of being contingent
2
:  a contingent event or condition: as
a :  an event (as an emergency) that may but is not certain to occur <trying to provide for every contingency>
b :  something liable to happen as an adjunct to or result of something else

Examples of CONTINGENCY

  1. In making our business plans, we tried to prepare for any contingency that might hurt sales.
  2. <agencies trying to provide for every contingency in a national emergency>
  3. Nothing was overlooked. There was a fallback position, a fail-safe provision, for any contingency. —Gary Wills, New York Times Review of Books, 1 Apr. 2001

Origin of CONTINGENCY

(see 1contingent)
First Known Use: 1561

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