contingent
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin contingent-, contingens, present participle of contingere to have contact with, befall, from com- + tangere to touch — more at tangent Date: 14th century 1. likely but not certain to happen ; possible 2. not logically necessary; especially empirical 3. a. happening by chance or unforeseen causes b. subject to chance or unseen effects ; unpredictable c. intended for use in circumstances not completely foreseen 4. dependent on or conditioned by something else <
payment is contingent on fulfillment of certain conditions
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5. not necessitated ; determined by free choice Synonyms: see accidentalcontingently adverb II. noun Date: 1548 1. something contingent ; contingency 2. a representative group ; delegation, detachment <
a diplomatic contingent
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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 — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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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