Con*tin"gen*cy (?), n,; pl. Contingencies (#). [Cf. F. contingence.]
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 contingency of 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 contingency.
An adjunct or accessory.
A certain possible event that may or may not happen, by which, when happening, some particular title may be affected.
Syn. -- Casualty; accident; chance.
© Webster 1913.