con·​tin·​gence kən-ˈtin-jən(t)s How to pronounce contingence (audio)

Examples of contingence in a Sentence

the collapse of that nation's economy was one contingence that the architects of the war hadn't planned on
Recent Examples on the Web The team had a strong veteran contingence, but none of those veterans had anyone to lead them. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, 24 Sep. 2017

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Word History


borrowed from Middle French & Medieval Latin; Middle French, "indeterminacy," borrowed from Medieval Latin contingentia "tangency, indeterminacy, chance" (Late Latin, "what is possible"), noun derivative of contingent-, contingens "dependent on circumstances, contingent entry 1

First Known Use

circa 1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of contingence was circa 1530

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“Contingence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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