• IPA: /kənˈtɪn.dʒənt/

contingent (plural contingents)

  1. An event which may or may not happen; that which is unforeseen, undetermined, or dependent on something future.
    Synonyms: contingency
  2. That which falls to one in a division or apportionment among a number; a suitable share.
    Synonyms: proportion
  3. (military) A quota of troops.
    • 2014, Ian Black, "Courts kept busy as Jordan works to crush support for Isis ↗", The Guardian, 27 November 2014:
      Arrests and prosecutions intensified after Isis captured Mosul in June, but the groundwork had been laid by an earlier amendment to Jordan’s anti-terrorism law. It is estimated that 2,000 Jordanians have fought and 250 of them have died in Syria – making them the third largest Arab contingent in Isis after Saudi Arabians and Tunisians.
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  1. Possible or liable, but not certain to occur.
    Synonyms: incidental, casual
    Antonyms: certain, inevitable, necessary, impossible
  2. (with upon or on) Dependent on something that is undetermined or unknown.
    Synonyms: conditional, Thesaurus:conditional
    The success of his undertaking is contingent upon events which he cannot control.
  3. Dependent on something that may or may not occur.
    a contingent estate
  4. Not logically necessarily true or false.
  5. Temporary.
    contingent labor
    contingent worker
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