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Definition of 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

Engineering, medicine, business, architecture and painting are concerned not with the necessary but with the contingent - not with how things are but with how they might be - in short, with design.
Herbert Simon

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

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

The radical novelty of modern science lies precisely in the rejection of the belief... that the forces which move the stars and atoms are contingent upon the preferences of the human heart.
Walter Lippmann
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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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