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Subject to chance,
  1. Subject to chance
    • - the contingent nature of the job
  2. (of losses, liabilities, etc.) That can be anticipated to arise if a particular event occurs
    • - businesses need to be aware of their liabilities, both actual and contingent
  3. True by virtue of the way things in fact are and not by logical necessity
    • - that men are living creatures is a contingent fact
  4. Occurring or existing only if (certain other circumstances) are the case; dependent on
    • - resolution of the conflict was contingent on the signing of a ceasefire agreement
  1. A group of people united by some common feature, forming part of a larger group
    • - a contingent of Japanese businessmen attending a conference
  2. A body of troops or police sent to join a larger force in an operation
    • - a contingent of 2,000 marines

  1. possible but not certain to occur; "they had to plan for contingent expenses"
  2. a gathering of persons representative of some larger group; "each nation sent a contingent of athletes to the Olympics"
  3. a temporary military unit; "the peacekeeping force includes one British contingent"
  4. determined by conditions or circumstances that follow; "arms sales contingent on the approval of congress"
  5. uncertain because of uncontrollable circumstances; "the results of confession were not contingent, they were certain"- George Eliot
  6. (contingence) eventuality: a possible event or occurrence or result
  7. In philosophy and logic, contingency is the status of propositions that are neither true under every possible valuation (i.e. tautologies) nor false under every possible valuation (i.e. contradictions). A contingent proposition is neither necessarily true nor necessarily false. ...
  8. An event which may or may not happen; that which is unforeseen, undetermined, or dependent on something future; a contingency; That which falls to one in a division or apportionment among a number; a suitable share; proportion; a quota of troops; Possible or liable, but not certain to occur; ...
  9. (contingently) In a contingent manner; without foresight
  10. (contingence) contact; touching; angle of contingence: the infinitesimally small angle between the circumference of a circle and its tangent at the point of contact, or the angle between two tangents to a curve at consecutive points; line of contingence: a tangent; a contingent line; a tangent ...
  11. Used to describe debts that are not fixed in right at the time, but are dependent on some other event happening to fix the liability.
  12. Dependent upon conditions or events specified but not yet accomplished. Property may be sold contingent upon the seller or buyer meeting a predetermined condition.
  13. Dependent upon an uncertain future event.
  14. Dependent upon conditions or events. There are conditions the institutional seller will consider in an offer to purchase such as the ability of the buyer to obtain a mortgage or perform inspections. ...
  15. Where an event must happen before a gift can be made, eg the beneficiary must reach 21 before any payment can be made.
  16. In context of liabilities, those liabilities that do not yet appear on the balance sheet (ie. guarantees, supports, lawsuit settlements). For support or recourse, the trigger may occur at any time in the future.
  17. The status of a proposition that could, depending upon the circumstances, be either true or false. See necessary / contingent. A compound statement in the propositional calculus is contingent if its truth depends upon that of its simpler components.
  18. "The contingent, roughly speaking, is what has the ground of its being not in itself but in somewhat else.  Such is the aspect under which actuality first comes before consciousness . . . But the contingent is only one side of the actual . . . . ...
  19. Contingent encumbrances are used for obligations that will be paid in the future from anticipated funds expected to be available when the obligation becomes due. Contingent encumbrances reserve spending authority but do not affect available unencumbered cash.
  20. Opposite of ‘NECESSARY’. Something is contingent if it could have been different. A contingent truth is a proposition which, though true, might have been false, e.g., ‘Mary owns an ice-axe.’
  21. A sentence proposition, thought or judgement is contingent if it is true of this actual world, though it is not true in all possible worlds. Some philosophers claim that contingent, a posterori, and synthetic are equivalent, holding that the notion of synthetic explains the other two. See necessary.
  22. does not have to be the case; the situation, being, or object could be otherwise. See also necessary.
  23. A property of statements or thoughts whose truth or falsity depends on matters of fact or circumstance; also of matters of fact whose existence depends on other matters or fact or circumstance.  What is neither logically necessary nor logically impossible is contingent.
  24. Fortuitous; dependent upon the possible occurrence of a future event, the existence of which is not assured.
  25. Dependent upon some other variable, "iffy".