Synonyms of contingent

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 a body of persons chosen as representatives of a larger group
  • the local Scout troop traditionally sends a large contingent to the jamboree

Synonyms for contingent

Words Related to contingent

2 something that might happen
  • officials in charge of managing the national emergency tried to prepare for every contingent, no matter how improbable

Synonyms for contingent

Words Related to contingent



Synonyms & Antonyms of contingent (Entry 2 of 2)

See the Dictionary Definition 

Frequently Asked Questions About contingent

How does the adjective contingent differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of contingent are accidental, casual, and fortuitous. While all these words mean "not amenable to planning or prediction," 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

When could accidental be used to replace contingent?

The synonyms accidental and contingent are sometimes interchangeable, but accidental stresses chance.

any resemblance to actual persons is entirely accidental

When would casual be a good substitute for contingent?

While the synonyms casual and contingent are close in meaning, casual stresses lack of real or apparent premeditation or intent.

a casual encounter with a stranger

When might fortuitous be a better fit than contingent?

Although the words fortuitous and contingent have much in common, fortuitous so strongly suggests chance that it often connotes entire absence of cause.

a series of fortuitous events

Learn More About contingent

Time Traveler for contingent

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Thesaurus Entries Near contingent



contingent (on or upon)

See More Nearby Entries 

Cite this Entry

“Contingent.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on contingent

Nglish: Translation of contingent for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of contingent for Arabic Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Odd Habits and Quirks

  • image1926873504
  • Which of the following best describes an easily irritated person?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!