: 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
- In making our business plans, we tried to prepare for any contingency that might hurt sales.
- <agencies trying to provide for every contingency in a national emergency>
- 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
- It is difficult to distinguish all the legitimate and illegitimate kinds and uses of information. Writing laws to regulate all contingencies is like trying to capture broth in a colander. —George F. Will, Newsweek, 2 Mar. 1987
- Was it merely the expression of her displeasure at Miss Bart's neglect, or had disquieting rumours reached her? The latter contingency seemed improbable, yet Lily was not without a sense of uneasiness. —Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth, 1905
Origin of CONTINGENCY
First Known Use: 1561
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