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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.Her getting an early release from prison is contingent upon her continued good behavior.
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.
This group makes up our state's contingent at the national conference.
similar words:
body, company, crew, detachment, faction, group, party, team
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derivation: contingently (adv.)
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