Contingent

Definition of Contingent

Con`tin´gent
a.1.Possible, or liable, but not certain, to occur; incidental; casual.
Weighing so much actual crime against so much contingent advantage.
- Burke.
2.Dependent on that which is undetermined or unknown; as, the success of his undertaking is contingent upon events which he can not control.
3.(Law) Dependent for effect on something that may or may not occur; as, a contingent estate.
If a contingent legacy be left to any one when he attains, or if he attains, the age of twenty-one.
- Blackstone.
n.1.An event which may or may not happen; that which is unforeseen, undetermined, or dependent on something future; a contingency.
His understanding could almost pierce into future contingents.
- South.
2.That which falls to one in a division or apportionment among a number; a suitable share; proportion; esp., a quota of troops.
From the Alps to the border of Flanders, contingents were required . . . 200,000 men were in arms.
- Milman.

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