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Definition of the noun contingency

What does contingency mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: contingencies

  1. a possible event or occurrence or result
  2. the state of being contingent on something
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic words: dependance / dependence / dependency = the state of relying on or being controlled by someone or something else

Alternative definition of the noun contingency


  1. [uncountable] The quality of being contingent, of happening by chance; unpredictability. [definition 1560s]
  2. [countable] A possibility; something which may or may not happen. A chance occurrence, especially in [finance] unexpected expenses. [definition 1610s]
  3. [countable] An amount of money which a party to a contract has to pay to the other party (usually the supplier of a major project to the client) if he or she does not fulfill the contract according to the specification.
  4. [logic, countable] A statement which is neither a tautology nor a contradiction.


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Contingency: In philosophy and logic, contingency is the status of propositions that are neither true under every possible valuation nor false under every possible valuation. A contingent proposition is neither necessarily true nor necessarily false. Propositions that are contingent may be so because they contain logical connectives which, along with the truth value of any of its atomic parts, determine the truth value of the proposition. This is to say that the truth value of the proposition is contingent upon the truth values of the sentences which comprise it. Contingent propositions depend on the facts, whereas analytic propositions are true without regard to any facts about which they speak.

Phrases with Contingency

  1. contingency fee
  2. Contingency plan
  3. Contingency table
  4. contingency procedure

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Contingency

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Google previewThe Yale Law Journal (1920)

The idea that the grantor retains control because title is to pass only on a contingency is a purely gratuitous...

Google previewThe Project Manager's Guide to Handling Risk (2003)

by Alan Webb

Contingency is a reserve for the unknown and unexpected; as all projects involve casting the mind...

Google previewVision and Visual Perception (2014)

by Duco A. Schreuder

Contingency is a difficult subject to grasp.

Google previewBetween Ally and Partner (2006)

Korea-China Relations and the United States by Jae Ho Chung

The second contingency refers to the Indonesian scenario, which presupposes a weak China that fails to accomplish the dual task of economic development and democratic transition. Economic stagnation and authoritarian rule would ...

Google previewChanging Problem Behavior

(Contingency refers to the functional or causal relationship between the behavior and the environment.) The three terms in the...

Google previewBuying a Home: The Missing Manual (2010)

by Nancy Conner

a contingency is a condition that must be fulfilled for the purchase to move forward. Your purchase agreement isn't binding until all the contingencies it contains have been met. Ifa problem arises that prevents you or the seller from satisfying a ...

Google previewDictionary of Statistics & Methodology (2005)

A Nontechnical Guide for the Social Sciences by W. Paul Vogt

Contingency A relation between variables such that one determines or depends upon (is contingent upon) another. See *conditional probability. Contingency Coefficient Short for *Pearson's contingency coefficient, which is a measure of ...

Google previewInternational Dictionary of Public Management and Governance (2006)

by Gambhir Bhatta

Contingency clauses Contingency clauses: Stipulations contained in all contracts that deal with any unforeseen situations in the administration of the contract. These clauses also make the payment level or the work to be performed ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Medical Decision Making (2009)

by Michael W. Kattan

table is used to describe the specific contingency table that compares two dichotomous categorical variables and thus has ...

Google previewThe Merleau-Ponty Dictionary (2013)

by Donald A. Landes

contingency. The Latin term a priori describes propositions or facts whose truth can be known “prior to experience,” as opposed to a posteriori knowledge, or knowledge “from experience.” The terms are particularly important in Kant's critique ...

Google previewConcise Encyclopedia of Real Estate Business Terms (2013)

by William E. (Bill) Roark, William R. (Ryan) Roark

A contingency is a specific condition that must occur for a contract to be valid. Most real estate purchase agreements contain at least one condition, often many, that allows a buyer to make an offer on property based on a set of assumptions.

Google previewEncyclopedia of leadership (2004)

A-E by George R. Goethals, Georgia Jones Sorenson, James MacGregor Burns

Among the approaches to examining leadership are the situational and contingency approaches. Beginning in the 1960s, researchers developed models that conceptualize and explain the relationship between a situation and a leader.

Google previewDictionary of Environmental and Climate Change Law (2013)

by Nicholas A. Robinson, Wang Xi, Lin Harmon, Sarah Wegmueller

Contingency Plans Against Pollution 63 Contamination (∵ᵻ∵ᵻ) (wū raˇn) 1. Radioactive substances on surfaces, or within solids, liquids or gases (including the human body), ...

Google previewDepartment of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms (2011)

As Amended Through April 2010 by Barry Leonard

contingency contract — A legally binding agreement for supplies, services, and construction let by government...

contingency contracting — The process of obtaining goods, services, and construction via contracting means in support ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Behavior Modification and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (2005)

by Michel Hersen

RESEARCH BASIS Contingency management is a hallmark of empirically based treatments for childhood disorders. Specifically, research supports the use of contingency management for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, anxiety ...

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The world changed from having the determinism of a clock to having the contingency of a pinball machine. (Heinz R. Pagels)
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Scrabble value of C3O1N1T1I1N1G2E1N1C3Y4

The value of this 11-letter word is 19 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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