contingent

adjective
con·​tin·​gent | \ kən-ˈtin-jənt How to pronounce contingent (audio) \

Definition of contingent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : dependent on or conditioned by something else Payment is contingent on fulfillment of certain conditions. a plan contingent on the weather
2 : likely but not certain to happen : possible
3 : not logically necessary especially : empirical
4a : happening by chance or unforeseen causes
b : subject to chance or unseen effects : unpredictable
c : intended for use in circumstances not completely foreseen contingent funds
5 : not necessitated : determined by free choice

contingent

noun

Definition of contingent (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a representative group : delegation, detachment a diplomatic contingent
2 : something contingent (see contingent entry 1) : contingency

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Adjective

contingently adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for contingent

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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Adjective

accidental, fortuitous, casual, contingent mean not amenable to planning or prediction. accidental stresses chance. any resemblance to actual persons is entirely accidental fortuitous so strongly suggests chance that it often connotes entire absence of cause. a series of fortuitous events casual stresses lack of real or apparent premeditation or intent. a casual encounter with a stranger contingent suggests possibility of happening but stresses uncertainty and dependence on other future events for existence or occurrence. the contingent effects of the proposed law

Examples of contingent in a Sentence

Adjective The isolation and co-optation of the capitalist classes in Germany meant that liberty as an ideal had no contingent link with capitalism, as had happened in Western Europe. — Orlando Patterson, New Republic, 8 Nov. 1999 He knows that the throngs cheering for him today will be cheering for someone else tomorrow, that enthusiasm is fickle, that real support for someone like him always has something completely contingent about it. — Andrew Sullivan, New Republic, 8 July 1996 Clearly the President was chastened by the sorrow and resentment of the people to whom he spoke, but his words were somehow tentative and contingent, as if they could be withdrawn on a month's notice. — Lewis H. Lapham, Harper's, July 1992 Every undogmatic historian is aware of the multitude of contingent events that entered into the victory of the Bolshevik revolution. — Sidney Hook, Revolution, Reform & Social Justice, 1975 If the Sovereigns would grant him, contingent on his success, such rank, titles, and property that he and his issue could hold up their heads with the Spanish nobility, well and good … — Samuel Eliot Morison, The European Discovery of America, 1974 Noun Hollywood, Madison Avenue, the FCC, and a growing contingent in corporate America: It's hard to imagine a more formidable alliance pushing segregated television. — Tamar Jacoby, New Republic, 24 Jan. 2000 A Maori contingent, unable to face the intensity of the Turkish fire, sought shelter in a nearby gully. — Martin Gilbert, The First World War, 1994 But just because we banned it [DDT] domestically, under pressure from the bird-watching contingent … it doesn't necessarily follow that the rest of the world was about to jump on the bandwagon. — T. Coraghessan Boyle, Harper's, April 1993 The group that makes up the largest contingent of voters in this area is the elderly. A contingent of reporters waited in front of the court for the defendant to appear. A British contingent was sent to assist the security forces.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Her dismissal was contingent upon her showing up to court, and once there she was arrested by waiting immigrations officers. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Lawsuit challenges immigration arrests in San Diego federal courthouse," 21 Oct. 2020 Drilling of the first Trident well will continue to be contingent upon improvement in oil market conditions, according to the POD. Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Cook Inlet oil activity slows in response to continuing low prices," 15 Oct. 2020 The loosening of restrictions is contingent upon coronavirus metrics remaining low in Connecticut, the governor said. Russell Blair, courant.com, "Connecticut Politics Week in Review: Lamont announces Phase 3 of business reopenings. ‘We’ve earned the right.'," 25 Sep. 2020 Here’s the irony: Finding an opponent that week will be contingent on a bye or another team searching for a new opponent last minute because of a cancellation. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, "Is Texas high school football sustainable during coronavirus? The increasing number of canceled games is an ominous trend," 8 Oct. 2020 The double in capacity for indoor dining is contingent upon the infection rate staying below its current rate of 0.91% across the state, Cuomo said. Jazmin Goodwin, CNN, "Andrew Cuomo reinstates indoor dining in New York City -- but restrictions apply," 9 Sep. 2020 The sale contract is contingent upon the successful rezoning of the 18-hole public golf course that opened in 1928. Carole Carlson, chicagotribune.com, "South Gleason Golf Course, Gilroy Field sold for $9 million; city council members voice concern," 5 Sep. 2020 Executive Director Eddie Bonine noted early in the month going forward with an Oct. 8 start date was contingent upon the state moving to Phase 3 on Aug. 28. Jim Derry | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Another delay in start of prep football likely inevitable, but keep the faith," 2 Sep. 2020 Kevin Sabet, a former longtime senior adviser in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy under Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, has said that legalizing psilocybin should be contingent upon science. oregonlive, "Oregon could herald a research-driven psychedelic renaissance: Psilocybin helped a Navy SEAL cope, could aide many more if voters say yes," 2 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On Wednesday evening, about 300 people marched peacefully from the site where Floyd died a few blocks north and back, while a contingent of marchers made their way to the Fifth Precinct, where many of the 51 arrests took place. Erin Adler, Star Tribune, "In St. Paul and Minneapolis, hundreds join in second night of protests," 8 Oct. 2020 At the debate Tuesday in Cleveland, members of the president’s contingent, including his family, were seen not wearing masks. Andrew Joseph, STAT, "Hugs, handshakes, and few masks: A Rose Garden Supreme Court announcement packed with Covid-19 red flags," 3 Oct. 2020 By then, the number of people demonstrating had swelled, demanding that an extra contingent of federal officers sent to Portland to secure the courthouse go home. oregonlive, "Some Portland police officers to be deputized as federal officers for Saturday’s Proud Boy rally, counter-protests," 26 Sep. 2020 Meanwhile, another contingent of officers in camouflage had emerged on the street between the two buildings. Sarah Jeong, The New Republic, "The Battle of Portland," 3 Sep. 2020 What’s especially encouraging to modern San Franciscans is the way the city came together in 1919, even after the influenza returned, and a vocal anti-mask contingent had resisted government safety mandates. Peter Hartlaub, SFChronicle.com, "Life beyond coronavirus? Here’s how SF rebounded after the 1918 Spanish flu," 30 Aug. 2020 Back in June a sizeable contingent of UT football players, coaches and staff members marched to the State Capitol and knelt for nine minutes to honor the memory of Floyd. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Current, former Longhorns speak out on Jacob Blake shooting," 27 Aug. 2020 South Africa is said to have sent a small contingent of special forces to the province. The Economist, "More misery, few answers The conflict in Mozambique is getting worse," 26 Aug. 2020 David White, director of business development for the Detroit Economic Growth Corp., noted how the $750,000 grant isn't a simple cash giveaway, but contingent on Clearcover achieving several hiring milestones by a 2026 deadline. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Chicago startup Clearcover must eventually open Detroit office to get cash," 26 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of contingent

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for contingent

Adjective

Middle English, borrowed from Middle French & Medieval Latin; Middle French, borrowed from Medieval Latin contingent-, contingens "dependent on circumstances, occurring by chance," going back to Latin, present participle of contingere "to be in contact with, arrive at, affect, fall to one's lot, come about, happen," from con- con- + tangere "to touch, border on, arrive at, reach" — more at tangent entry 2

Noun

(sense 1) borrowed from French, "portion that falls to one as a return, part given or received in a common effort, body of troops contributed by an ally," noun derivative of contingent, adjective, "falling to someone as a share, dependent, contingent entry 1"; (sense 2) noun derivative of contingent entry 1

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The first known use of contingent was in the 14th century

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“Contingent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/contingent. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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contingent

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English Language Learners Definition of contingent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal : depending on something else that might or might not happen

contingent

noun

English Language Learners Definition of contingent (Entry 2 of 2)

: a group of people who go to a place together, do something together, or share some quality, interest, etc.
: a group of soldiers who come from a particular army and are working together with soldiers from other armies

contingent

adjective
con·​tin·​gent | \ kən-ˈtin-jənt How to pronounce contingent (audio) \

Kids Definition of contingent

: depending on something else that may or may not exist or occur Our trip is contingent on whether we can get tickets.

contingent

adjective
con·​tin·​gent | \ kən-ˈtin-jənt How to pronounce contingent (audio) \

Legal Definition of contingent

1 : likely but not certain to happen — compare executory
2 : intended for use in circumstances not completely foreseen a contingent fund
3 : dependent on or conditioned by something else a contingent claim a legacy contingent on the marriage — compare vested

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