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contingency

n. an event that might not occur.

contingency

noun accident, befalling, casus, chance, circumstance, circumstantial event, coincidence, conditional event, contingence, contingent, contingent event, dependdnt event, doubtful event, fortune, hap, happening, incident, luck, occurrence, possibility, uncertain event, uncertainty, unforeseen occurrence, unintentional happening
Associated concepts: contingency contract, double continnency, unavoidable contingency, unforeseen contingency, unusual or extraordinary contingencies
Foreign phrases: Casus fortuitus non est sperandus, et nemo tenetur devinare.A fortuitous event is not to be exxected, and no one is bound to foresee it.
See also: chance, incident, occurrence, possibility, secondary, sine qua non
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The other held him under the arm, whispering of dangers ahead, and of what he meant to do in certain contingencies.
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