Con*tin"gen*cy (?), n,; pl. Contingencies (#). [Cf. F. contingence.]


Union or connection; the state of touching or contact.

"Point of contingency."

J. Gregory.


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 contingency of human actions. South.


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 contingency. Hallam.


An adjunct or accessory.


5. Law

A certain possible event that may or may not happen, by which, when happening, some particular title may be affected.

Syn. -- Casualty; accident; chance.


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