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CONTINGENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does contingent mean? 

CONTINGENT (noun)
  The noun CONTINGENT has 2 senses:

1. a gathering of persons representative of some larger group
2. a temporary military unit

  Familiarity information: CONTINGENT used as a noun is rare.


CONTINGENT (adjective)
  The adjective CONTINGENT has 3 senses:

1. possible but not certain to occur
2. determined by conditions or circumstances not yet established
3. uncertain because of uncontrollable circumstances

  Familiarity information: CONTINGENT used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


CONTINGENT (noun)


Sense 1contingent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A gathering of persons representative of some larger group

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Context example:

each nation sent a contingent of athletes to the Olympics

Hypernyms ("contingent" is a kind of...):

assemblage; gathering (a group of persons together in one place)


Sense 2contingent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A temporary military unit

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

contingent; detail

Context example:

the peacekeeping force includes one British contingent

Hypernyms ("contingent" is a kind of...):

force; military force; military group; military unit (a unit that is part of some military service)

Domain category:

armed forces; armed services; military; military machine; war machine (the military forces of a nation)


CONTINGENT (adjective)


Sense 1contingent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Possible but not certain to occur

Context example:

they had to plan for contingent expenses

Similar:

possible (capable of happening or existing)


Sense 2contingent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Determined by conditions or circumstances not yet established

Synonyms:

depending on; dependent on; dependant on; contingent on; contingent

Context example:

arms sales contingent on the approval of congress

Similar:

conditional (imposing or depending on or containing a condition)


Sense 3contingent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Uncertain because of uncontrollable circumstances

Context example:

the results of confession were not contingent, they were certain

Similar:

uncertain (not certain to occur; not inevitable)


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