Definition of contingency noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kənˈtɪndʒənsi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtɪndʒənsi//
    (pl. contingencies)
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  1. 1an event that may or may not happen synonym possibility We must consider all possible contingencies. to make contingency plans (= plans for what to do if a particular event happens or does not happen) a contingency fund (= to pay for something that might happen in the future)
  2. 2a sum of money that you keep for additional payments What's the contingency for legal fees?
  3. Word Originmid 16th cent. (in the philosophical sense): from late Latin contingentia (in its medieval Latin sense ‘circumstance’), from contingere ‘befall’, from con- ‘together with’ + tangere ‘to touch’.
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