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Meaning of contingency

con•tin•gen•cy

Pronunciation: (kun-tin'jun-sē), [key]
— pl. -cies.
  1. dependence on chance or on the fulfillment of a condition; uncertainty; fortuitousness: Nothing was left to contingency.
  2. a contingent event; a chance, accident, or possibility conditional on something uncertain: He was prepared for every contingency.
  3. something incidental to a thing.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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