Webster 1913 Edition
Union or connection; the state of touching or contact.“Point of contingency.”
The quality or state of being contingent or casual; the possibility of coming to pass.
Aristotle says we are not to build certain rules on the
contingencyof human actions.
An event which may or may not occur; that which is possible or probable; a fortuitous event; a chance.
The remarkable position of the queen rendering her death a most important
An adjunct or accessory.
Syn. – Casualty; accident; chance.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.The quality of being contingent or casual; a happening; or the possibility of coming to pass.
We are not to build certain rules on the contingency of human actions.
2.Casualty; accident; fortuitous event. The success of the attempt will depend on contingencies. [See Accident and Casualty.]
contingency (countable and uncountable, plural contingencies)
- (uncountable) The quality of being contingent, of happening by chance; unpredictability. [1560s]
- (countable) A possibility; something which may or may not happen. A chance occurrence, especially in finance, unexpected expenses. [1610s]
- (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.
- (logic, countable) A statement which is neither a tautology nor a contradiction.
- (quality of happening by chance): possibility
- See also Wikisaurus:option
- (quality of happening by chance): inevitability, impossibility
- (statement which is neither a tautology nor a contradiction): contradiction, tautology
quality of being contingent; unpredictability
possibility; something which may or may not happen
amount of money that will be paid if a project does not succeed
a statement which is neither a tautology nor a contradiction