Contingencies
Contingency Con*tin"gen*cy, n.; pl. {Contingencies}. [Cf. F. contingence.] 1. Union or connection; the state of touching or contact. ``Point of contingency.'' --J. Gregory. [1913 Webster]

2. The quality or state of being contingent or casual; the possibility of coming to pass. [1913 Webster]

Aristotle says we are not to build certain rules on the contingency of human actions. --South. [1913 Webster]

3. An event which may or may not occur; that which is possible or probable; a fortuitous event; a chance. [1913 Webster]

The remarkable position of the queen rendering her death a most important contingency. --Hallam. [1913 Webster]

4. An adjunct or accessory. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster]

5. (Law) A certain possible event that may or may not happen, by which, when happening, some particular title may be affected.

Syn: Casualty; accident; chance. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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