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Contingency meaning

contingency - 6 dictionary results

  1. 1. Union or connection; the state of touching or contact.
  2. 2. The quality or state of being contingent or casual; the possibility of coming to pass.
  3. 3. An event which may or may not occur; that which is possible or probable; a fortuitous event; a chance.
  4. 4. An adjunct or accessory.
  5. 5. A certain possible event that may or may not happen, by which, when happening, some particular title may be affected.
  6. 6. A provision in a contract stating that some or all of the terms of the contract will be altered or voided by the occurrence of a specific event. For example, a contingency in a contract for the purchase of a house might state that if the buyer does not approve the inspection report of the physical condition of the property, the buyer does not have to complete the purchase.

contingency - examples of usage

  1. At any rate no provision was made for the contingency. - "A Short History of the Book of Common Prayer", William Reed Huntington.
  2. It might, and probably did, finally come out of the main channel; but this seemed too remote a contingency for our wants then, and I crossed it, to look for the other. - "Journal of an Expedition into the Interior of Tropical Australia In Search of a Route from Sydney to the Gulf of Carpentaria (1848) by Lt. Col. Sir Thomas Livingstone Mitchell Kt. D.C.L. (1792-1855) Surveyor-General of New South Wales", Thomas Mitchell.
  3. I will go into the whole matter of this contingency confidentially with you when I see you. - "The Crevice", William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander.
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