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Definition of Contingent

Contingent

  1. Possible, or liable, but not certain, to occur; incidental; casual.
  2. Dependent on that which is undetermined or unknown; as, the success of his undertaking is contingent upon events which he can not control.
  3. Dependent for effect on something that may or may not occur; as, a contingent estate.
  4. An event which may or may not happen; that which is unforeseen, undetermined, or dependent on something future; a contingency.
  5. That which falls to one in a division or apportionment among a number; a suitable share; proportion; esp., a quota of troops.

Contingent Quotations

Sales are contingent upon the attitude of the salesman - not the attitude of the prospect.
W. Clement Stone

There are also two kinds of truths: truth of reasoning and truths of fact. Truths of reasoning are necessary and their opposite is impossible; those of fact are contingent and their opposite is possible.
Gottfried Leibniz

Nothing in the universe is contingent, but all things are conditioned to exist and operate in a particular manner by the necessity of the divine nature.
Baruch Spinoza

Modernity is the transient, the fleeting, the contingent; it is one half of art, the other being the eternal and the immovable.
Charles Baudelaire

Modernity signifies the transitory, the fugitive, the contingent, the half of art of which the other half is the eternal and the immutable.
Charles Baudelaire
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Contingent Translations

contingent in Dutch is gebeurlijk, eventueel
contingent in Finnish is mahdollinen
contingent in German is Kontingent
contingent in Spanish is contingente
contingent in Swedish is truppavdelning
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