con·tin·gence | \kən-ˈtin-jən(t)s \

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the collapse of that nation's economy was one contingence that the architects of the war hadn't planned on

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The team had a strong veteran contingence, but none of those veterans had anyone to lead them. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "How the Detroit Tigers built a sinking ship over four years," 24 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of contingence

circa 1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of contingence was circa 1530

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one that holds something together

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