- Liable to occur but not with certainty; possible: "All salaries are reckoned on contingent as well as on actual services” ( Ralph Waldo Emerson). (adjective)
- Dependent on conditions or occurrences not yet established; conditional: arms sales contingent on the approval of Congress. See Synonyms at dependent. (adjective)
- Happening by chance or accident; fortuitous. See Synonyms at accidental. (adjective)
- Logic True only under certain conditions; not necessarily or universally true: a contingent proposition. (adjective)
- An event or condition that is likely but not inevitable. (noun)
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