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Meaning & Definition of Contingent in English

English

Contingent

/kəntɪnʤənt/

noun

1. A gathering of persons representative of some larger group

  • "Each nation sent a contingent of athletes to the olympics"
    synonym:
  • contingent

2. A temporary military unit

  • "The peacekeeping force includes one british contingent"
    synonym:
  • contingent
  • ,
  • detail

adjective

1. Possible but not certain to occur

  • "They had to plan for contingent expenses"
    synonym:
  • contingent

2. Determined by conditions or circumstances that follow

  • "Arms sales contingent on the approval of congress"
    synonym:
  • contingent
  • ,
  • contingent on(p)
  • ,
  • contingent upon(p)
  • ,
  • dependent on(p)
  • ,
  • dependant on(p)
  • ,
  • dependent upon(p)
  • ,
  • dependant upon(p)
  • ,
  • depending on(p)

3. Uncertain because of uncontrollable circumstances

  • "The results of confession were not contingent, they were certain"- george eliot
    synonym:
  • contingent