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  1. con·tin·gent
    IPA[kənˈtinjənt]
  2. adjective

    • 1. subject to chance:

      the contingent nature of the job
    • 2. (of losses, liabilities, etc.) that can be anticipated to arise if a particular event occurs:

      businesses need to be aware of their liabilities, both actual and contingent
    • 3. true by virtue of the way things in fact are and not by logical necessity:

      that men are living creatures is a contingent fact
    • 4. occurring or existing only if (certain circumstances) are the case; dependent on:

      resolution of the conflict was contingent on the signing of a ceasefire agreement
      Synonym : dependent, conditional, subject to, based on, determined by, hingeing on, resting on, hanging on, controlled by

    noun

    • 1. a group of people united by some common feature, forming part of a larger group:

      a contingent of Japanese businessmen attending a conference
    • 2. a body of troops or police sent to join a larger force in an operation:

      a contingent of 2,000 marines
    • adjective

      subject to chance:

      (of losses, liabilities, etc.) that can be anticipated to arise if a particular event occurs.

    • noun

      a group of people sharing a common feature, forming part of a larger group:

      a body of troops or police sent to join a larger force:

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