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contingent

con·tin·gent

contingent

 
pronunciation:
kn tIn jnt
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
features:
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: depending on some factor, circumstance, or event; conditional (often fol. by on or upon).
My purchase of this house is contingent on selling my old house.
synonyms:
conditional, dependent, subject
similar words:
hypothetical, incidental, provisional, provisory, relative
definition 2: likely to happen, but not certain.
synonyms:
likely, possible, probable
similar words:
borderline, uncertain
definition 3: occurring by chance or accident.
synonyms:
accidental, chance, fortuitous
similar words:
arbitrary, fluky, random
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part of speech: noun
definition: a representative group, sometimes of soldiers or the like, making up part of a larger assemblage.
They make up our state's contingent at the national conference.A contingent of soldiers was sent in to police the area.
similar words:
body, company, crew, detachment, faction, group, party, team
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derivation: contingently (adv.)
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