contingency


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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
References in classic literature ?
Come, my good fellow, and what may be the one contingency I have overlooked?
Again and again the two men fell to the floor, until presently Tarzan found a hold upon the other's throat, against which contingency Metak had been constantly battling, and slowly, as the giant fingers closed, the other's mad eyes protruded from his livid face, his jaws gaped and released their hold upon Tarzan's shoulder, and then in a sudden excess of disgust and rage the ape-man lifted the body of the prince high above his head and with all the strength of his great arms hurled it across the room and through the window where it fell with a sickening thud into the pit of lions beneath.
He had now cast from him the last vestige of his loyalty for his employer, and thus freed had determined to use every means within his power to win Professor Maxon's daughter, and with her the heritage of wealth which he knew would be hers should her father, through some unforeseen mishap, meet death before he could return to civilization and alter his will, a contingency which von Horn knew he might have to consider should he marry the girl against her father's wishes, and thus thwart the crazed man's mad, but no less dear project.
That note has been in my pocket since we left New York, to deliver to you in the event of a certain contingency happening.
If she contrived to slip into the house in his absence, he could provide against that contingency by sending a second card privately to the police station, forbidding the officer to stir in the affair until he had received further orders.
And it was a production admirably suited to a lady labouring under Mrs Wititterly's complaint, seeing that there was not a line in it, from beginning to end, which could, by the most remote contingency, awaken the smallest excitement in any person breathing.
But I have provided for the contingency, my friends," replied Michel; "you have only to speak, and I have chess, draughts, cards, and dominoes at your disposal; nothing is wanting but a billiard-table.
I do not believe that variability is an inherent and necessary contingency, under all circumstances, with all organic beings, as some authors have thought.
This is precisely the contingency for which I have planned.
this contingency resolves itself into a matter of bargaining after all.
If you have,' returned the follower, wisely reserving himself for any favourable contingency that might occur, 'we must make up for it next time, that's all.
So, what exactly does the J8 Contingency Branch do and how is that relevant to supporting the Joint warfighter in the current fight?