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Noun: contingency  kun'tin-jun(t)-see
  1. A possible event, occurrence or result
    - eventuality, contingence
     
  2. The state of being contingent on something
     
  3. Something set aside for a possible future emergency

Derived forms: contingencies

Type of: dependance, dependence, dependency, happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent

Encyclopedia: Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity