(?), n.;
pl. Contingencies (#)
. [Cf. F. contingence.] 1. Union or connection; the state of touching or contact. "Point of contingency." J. Gregory.
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2. The quality or state of being contingent or casual; the possibility of coming to pass.
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Aristotle says we are not to build certain rules on the contingency of human actions.
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3. An event which may or may not occur; that which is possible or probable; a fortuitous event; a chance.
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The remarkable position of the queen rendering her death a most important contingency.
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4. An adjunct or accessory. Wordsworth.
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5. (Law) A certain possible event that may or may not happen, by which, when happening, some particular title may be affected.

Syn. -- Casualty; accident; chance.
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