Contingent
Contingent Con*tin"gent, a. [L. contingens, -entis, p. pr. of contingere to touch on all sides, to happen; con- + tangere to touch: cf. F. contingent. See {Tangent}, {Tact}.] 1. Possible, or liable, but not certain, to occur; incidental; casual. [1913 Webster]

Weighing so much actual crime against so much contingent advantage. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

2. Dependent on that which is undetermined or unknown; as, the success of his undertaking is contingent upon events which he can not control. ``Uncertain and contingent causes.'' --Tillotson. [1913 Webster]

3. (Law) Dependent for effect on something that may or may not occur; as, a contingent estate. [1913 Webster]

If a contingent legacy be left to any one when he attains, or if he attains, the age of twenty-one. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]


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  • contingent — contingent, ente [ kɔ̃tɛ̃ʒɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. et n. m. • 1361; lat. contingens, p. prés. de contingere « arriver par hasard » I ♦ Adj. 1 ♦ Philos. Qui peut se produire ou non (opposé à nécessaire).⇒ accidentel, 1. casuel, conditionnel, éventuel,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • contingent — con·tin·gent /kən tin jənt/ adj 1: likely but not certain to happen compare executory 2: intended for use in circumstances not completely foreseen a contingent fund 3: dependent on or conditioned by something else …   Law dictionary

  • Contingent — • Aside from its secondary and more obvious meaning (as, for instance, its qualification of the predicable accident, of a class of modal propositions, and so on), the primary and technically philosophical use of the term is for one of the supreme …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • contingent — CONTINGÉNT, contingente, s.n., adj. I. 1. s.n. Totalitatea cetăţenilor născuţi în acelaşi an şi luaţi în evidenţa comisariatelor militare; p. ext. anul recrutării; leat. 2. Grup de oameni având o compoziţie omogenă. 3. (înv.) Contribuţie. 4.… …   Dicționar Român

  • contingent — contingent, ente (kon tin jan, jan t ) adj. 1°   Terme de philosophie. Qui peut arriver ou ne pas arriver, éventuel. •   Ils raisonnaient sur les événements contingents ou non contingents de cet univers, VOLT. Cand. 29. •   La raison de mon… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • contingent — CONTINGENT, [conting]ente. adj. Casuel, qui peut arriver, ou n arriver pas. C est une chose contingente, ne vous y assurez pas trop. cela est contingent, fort contingent. il faut mettre cela au nombre des choses contingentes. Il ne se dit guere… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • contingent — CONTINGENT, ENTE. adj. Casuel, qui peut arriver, ou n arriver pas. C est unc chose contingente, sur laquelle il ne faut pas compter. f♛/b] En termes d École, on appelle Futur contingent, Ce qui peut arriver ou n arriver pas; et Propositions… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • contingent — (adj.) late 14c., from O.Fr. contingent or directly from L. contingentem (nom. contingens) happening, touching, prp. of contingere to touch (see CONTACT (Cf. contact)). The noun is from 1540s, thing happening by chance; as a group forming part of …   Etymology dictionary

  • contingent — [adj] conditional; possible accidental, casual, chance, controlled by, dependent, fluky, fortuitous, haphazard, incidental, likely, odd, probable, probably, random, subject to, unanticipated, uncertain, unexpected, unforeseeable, unforeseen,… …   New thesaurus

  • contingent — ► ADJECTIVE 1) subject to chance. 2) (contingent on/upon) dependent on. 3) (of losses, liabilities, etc.) that can be anticipated to arise if a particular event occurs. ► NOUN 1) a group of people with a common feature, forming part of a larger… …   English terms dictionary

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