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Definition of Contingency


  1. Union or connection; the state of touching or contact.
  2. The quality or state of being contingent or casual; the possibility of coming to pass.
  3. An event which may or may not occur; that which is possible or probable; a fortuitous event; a chance.
  4. An adjunct or accessory.
  5. A certain possible event that may or may not happen, by which, when happening, some particular title may be affected.

Contingency Quotations

Chance doesn't mean meaningless randomness, but historical contingency. This happens rather than that, and that's the way that novelty, new things, come about.
John Polkinghorne

The world changed from having the determinism of a clock to having the contingency of a pinball machine.
Heinz R. Pagels

New terms used like, 'overseas contingency operation' instead of the word 'war' - that reflects a worldview that is out of touch with the enemy that we face. We can't spin our way out of this threat.
Sarah Palin

It seems to me that everything that happens to us is a disconcerting mix of choice and contingency.
Penelope Lively

When you see John Boehner crying, believe you me, it's because he cannot control, uh, that wild contingency called the Tea Party.
Gwen Moore
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Contingency Translations

contingency in Dutch is eventualiteit
contingency in French is contingence
contingency in Spanish is contingencia, eventualidad
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