Definition of contingent adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kənˈtɪndʒənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtɪndʒənt//
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  1. 1contingent (on/upon something) (formal) depending on something that may or may not happen All payments are contingent upon satisfactory completion dates.
  2. 2 contingent worker/work/job (business) a person, or work done by a person, who does not have a permanent contract with a company the spread of contingent work throughout the economy the use of leased, temporary and other contingent workers
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘of uncertain occurrence’): from Latin contingere ‘befall’, from con- ‘together with’ + tangere ‘to touch’. The noun sense was originally ‘something happening by chance’, then ‘a person's share resulting from a division, a quota’; the current sense dates from the early 18th cent.
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