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

 

contingency

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BrE BrE//kənˈtɪndʒənsi//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtɪndʒənsi//
 
(pl. contingencies)
 
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an 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) Word Origin mid 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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