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Dictionary definition for: Contingent

1. (n) a gathering of persons representative of some larger group; "each nation sent a contingent of athletes to the Olympics"

2. (s) possible but not certain to occur; "they had to plan for contingent expenses"

3. (n) a temporary military unit; "the peace-keeping force includes one British contingent"

4. (s) determined by conditions or circumstances not yet established; "arms sales contingent on the approval of congress"

5. (s) uncertain because of uncontrollable circumstances; "the results of confession were not contingent, they were certain"- George Eliot

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