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Noun: contingent  kun'tin-junt
  1. A gathering of persons representative of some larger group
    "each nation sent a contingent of athletes to the Olympics"
     
  2. (military) a temporary military unit
    "the peacekeeping force includes one British contingent";
    - detail
Adjective: contingent  kun'tin-junt
  1. Possible but not certain to occur
    "they had to plan for contingent expenses"
     
  2. Determined by conditions or circumstances that follow
    "arms sales contingent on the approval of Congress";
    - contingent on, contingent upon, dependent on, dependent upon, depending on
     
  3. Uncertain because of uncontrollable circumstances
    "the results of confession were not contingent, they were certain"

Derived forms: contingents

See also: conditional, possible, uncertain

Type of: assemblage, force, gathering, military force, military group, military unit

Encyclopedia: Contingent