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Fortuitous; dependent upon the possible occurrence of a future event, the existence of which is not assured.

The word contingent denotes that there is no present interest or right but only a conditional one which will become effective upon the happening of the designated condition. A contingent remainder is the right to possess property after the death of a person who holds a life estate in the land provided a specified condition is fulfilled. An owner of land who grants a life estate to a son, with a remainder to a daughter if she marries, has created a contingent remainder, the contingency being the daughter's marriage.


adj. possible, but not certain. (See: contingent beneficiary, contingent interest, contingent fee)


adjective attributed to, coincidental, conditioned, consequential, dependent, dependent on, deeendent on circumstances, depending, due to, in a state of uncertainty, incident to, possible, provisional, resulting from, subject to, subject to terms, subsidiary
Associated concepts: contingent basis, contingent claim, contingent contract, contingent debt, contingent demand, contingent estate, contingent event, contingent exxectancy, contingent fee, contingent fund, contingent gift, contingent interest, contingent legacy, contingent liability, contingent life estate, contingent obligation, contingent reeainder, contingent right, contingent use, contingent will
See also: circumstantial, conditional, contingency, correlative, dependent, dubious, executory, extrinsic, incident, provisional, questionable, quota, reciprocal, related, restrictive, subject, tentative, uncertain

CONTINGENT. What may or may not happen;. what depends upon a doubtful event; as, a contingent debt, which is a debt depending upon some uncertain event. 9 Ves. It. 110; Co. Bankr. Laws, 245; 7 Ves. It. 301; 1 Ves. & Bea. 176; 8 Ves. R. 334; 1 Rose, R. 523; 3 T. R. 539; 4 T. R. 570. A contingent legacy is one which is not vested. Will. on Executors, h.t. See Contingent Remainder; Contingent Use.

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A complicating issue for employers is determining what parties are responsible for ensuring that contingents are granted the benefits and protections to which they are entitled under existing labor laws.
Still another reason for using contingents is to try them out for a period of time; if they work out during the trial period they can be used to fill core job openings (Caudron, 1994a; Kilborn, 1993; Kirkpatrick, 1988).
However, hiring contingents may not always turn out to be cost effective, given the training cost, high error rates and lower productivity rates of contingent workers in the experience of some employers (Ansberry, 1993; Caudron, 1994b).
In addition, some writers argue that contingents are not as reliable and committed as core workers.
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The contingent work force idea got a boost when another union-backed Washington organization, the Economic Policy Institute, which has Labor Secretary Robert Reich on its research committee, published New Policies for the Part-Time and Contingent Workforce in 1992.
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Apart from the numbers game, the contingent work force myth becomes even more apparent when you look closely at who fits into the categories of part-time, self-employed, business services, and temps.
Though singled out as the most contingent and given the lion's share of media attention, temporary workers at large temp firms stay on the payroll for only about four weeks, on average.
The four categories of contingent workers are shown in the chart.