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contingency

con·tin·gen·cy

contingency

 
 
pronunciation:
kn tIn jn si
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: noun
inflections: contingencies
definition 1: a future event that is possible but not likely.
Their money will remain safe in the contingency that all banks fail.
synonyms:
eventuality, improbability, unlikelihood
similar words:
case, event, possibility, prospect
definition 2: a possible future event that must be prepared for.
We must consider every contingency.
synonyms:
eventuality
similar words:
emergency, possibility, risk
definition 3: something that depends on or is incidental to something else.
synonyms:
appurtenance
similar words:
adjunct, appendage, dependence, relative
Word Parts
The word contingency contains the following part:
-ance, -ence, -ency, -ancy Latin noun-forming suffix that means state, quality, or act of
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The suffix group -ance , -ence , -ency , -ancy attaches to verbs and Latin verb stems to create nouns. The suffix -ance is usually attached to whole English words, whereas -ence is usually attached to roots: compare eloquence and acceptance . For most nouns ending in -ance , -ence , -ency , -ancy , there is a correponsponding adjective form ending in -ant, -ent.