AskDefine | Define contingency

Dictionary Definition



1 a possible event or occurrence or result [syn: eventuality, contingence]
2 the state of being contingent on something

User Contributed Dictionary



From contingent.


  1. The quality of being contingent; unpredictability.
  2. A possibility; something which may or may not happen.
  3. An amount of money which a party to a contract has to pay to the other party (usually the supplier of a major project to the client) if he or she does not fulfil the contract according to the specification.


a quality of being contingent; unpredictability
a possibility; something which may or may not happen
an amount of money that will be paid if a project does not succeed

Extensive Definition

Contingency may refer to:
contingency in German: Kontingenz (Philosophie)
contingency in Spanish: Contingencia
contingency in French: Contingent
contingency in Ido: Kontingenteso
contingency in Japanese: 偶然
contingency in Luxembourgish: Kontingenz
contingency in Dutch: Contingentie
contingency in Portuguese: Contingência

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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