contingent




The adjective contingent can be used to describe something that can occur only when something else happens first. Making money is contingent on finding a good-paying job.

When an event or situation is contingent, it means that it depends on some other event or fact. For example, sometimes buying a new house has to be contingent upon someone else buying your old house first. That way you don’t end up owning two houses! As a noun, contingent means either “a group of soldiers that joins a larger force,” like a contingent of British troops sent to assist American soldiers, or “a group of people with something in common,” like the contingent of folks dressed as Batman at Comic-Con.

Definitions of contingent
  1. adjective

    determined by conditions or circumstances that follow

    “arms sales
    contingent on the approval of congress”
    synonyms:
    contingent on, contingent upon, dependant on, dependant upon, dependent on, dependent upon, depending on

    conditional

    imposing or depending on or containing a condition
  2. adjective

    uncertain because of uncontrollable circumstances

    “”the results of confession were not
    contingent, they were certain”- George Eliot”
    Synonyms:

    uncertain

    not certain to occur; not inevitable
  3. adjective

    possible but not certain to occur

    “they had to plan for
    contingent expenses”
    Synonyms:

    possible

    capable of happening or existing
  4. noun

    a gathering of persons representative of some larger group

    “each nation sent a
    contingent of athletes to the Olympics”
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    type of:

    assemblage, gathering

    a group of persons together in one place

  5. noun

    a temporary military unit

    “the peacekeeping force includes one British
    contingent
    synonyms:
    detail
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    type of:

    force, military force, military group, military unit

    a unit that is part of some military service

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