Definitions of contingent:
  • noun:   a gathering of persons representative of some larger group
    Example: "Each nation sent a contingent of athletes to the Olympics"
  • noun:   a temporary military unit
    Example: "The peace-keeping force includes one British contingent"
  • adjective:   possible but not certain to occur
    Example: "They had to plan for contingent expenses"
  • adjective:   uncertain because of uncontrollable circumstances
    Example: "The results of confession were not contingent, they were certain- George Eliot"
  • adjective:   determined by conditions or circumstances not yet established
    Example: "Arms sales contingent on the approval of congress"

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