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 for Contingent
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Contingent \Con*tin"gent\, a. [L. contingens, -entis, p. pr. of
     contingere to touch on all sides, to happen; con- + tangere
     to touch: cf. F. contingent. See Tangent, Tact.]
     1. Possible, or liable, but not certain, to occur;
        incidental; casual.
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              Weighing so much actual crime against so much
              contingent advantage.                 --Burke.
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     2. Dependent on that which is undetermined or unknown; as,
        the success of his undertaking is contingent upon events
        which he can not control. "Uncertain and contingent
        causes." --Tillotson.
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     3. (Law) Dependent for effect on something that may or may
        not occur; as, a contingent estate.
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              If a contingent legacy be left to any one when he
              attains, or if he attains, the age of twenty-one.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Contingent \Con*tin"gent\, n.
     1. An event which may or may not happen; that which is
        unforeseen, undetermined, or dependent on something
        future; a contingency.
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              His understanding could almost pierce into future
              contingents.                          --South.
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     2. That which falls to one in a division or apportionment
        among a number; a suitable share; proportion; esp., a
        quota of troops.
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              From the Alps to the border of Flanders, contingents
              were required . . . 200,000 men were in arms.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: possible but not certain to occur; "they had to plan for
             contingent expenses"
      2: determined by conditions or circumstances that follow; "arms
         sales contingent on the approval of congress" [syn:
         contingent, contingent on(p), contingent upon(p),
         dependent on(p), dependant on(p), dependent upon(p),
         dependant upon(p), depending on(p)]
      3: uncertain because of uncontrollable circumstances; "the
         results of confession were not contingent, they were
         certain"- George Eliot
      n 1: a gathering of persons representative of some larger group;
           "each nation sent a contingent of athletes to the Olympics"
      2: a temporary military unit; "the peacekeeping force includes
         one British contingent" [syn: contingent, detail]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  257 Moby Thesaurus words for "contingent":
     accessory, accident, accidental, addendum, addition, additional,
     adjunct, adscititious, adventitious, adventure, age group,
     aleatory, allotment, allowance, appendage, appurtenance,
     appurtenant, ascititious, at issue, auxiliary, band, based on,
     battalion, bevy, big end, bigger half, bit, bite, body, boxed in,
     brigade, brushing, budget, bunch, cabal, cast, casual, casualty,
     causeless, chance, chance hit, chancy, chunk, circumscribed by,
     circumstantial, clique, cogitable, cohort, collateral, coming,
     coming to be, commission, company, complement, component,
     conceivable, conceivably possible, conditional, conditioned,
     contacting, contingency, contingent on, corps, coterie, covey,
     crew, cross section, crowd, cut, deal, dependent, dependent on,
     depending, depending on, depending on circumstances, destinal,
     destiny, detachment, detail, dicey, dividend, division, dole, end,
     equal share, event, eventual, eventuality, eventuation, extra,
     faction, fatal, fate, fatidic, final, fleet, fluke, fluky,
     fortuitous, fortuity, fraction, freak accident, gang, glancing,
     grazing, group, grouping, groupment, half, halver, hap, happening,
     happenstance, hazard, hedged about by, helping, hinging on,
     humanly possible, iffy, imaginable, impingent, impinging,
     in contact, in question, in suspense, in the balance, in-group,
     incidence, incident to, incidental, incidental to, indeterminate,
     indirect, inessential, installment, interest, item, junta, last,
     likely, long odds, long shot, lot, lucky shot, materialization,
     measure, meed, meeting, mere chance, mess, mob, modicum, moiety,
     movement, nonessential, not-self, nudging, occasional, odd, open,
     osculatory, other, out-group, outfit, pack, parcel, part,
     particular, party, peer group, pendent, pending, percentage,
     phalanx, piece, platoon, plausible, portion, posse, possible,
     potential, predicated on, probable, proportion, provisional,
     quadrant, quantum, quarter, quota, rake-off, random sample, ration,
     realization, regiment, relative, reliant, remainder, revolving on,
     risky, rubbing, salon, sample, sampling, secondary, section,
     sector, segment, set, share, slice, small share, squad, stable,
     stake, steady, stock, string, subdivision, subgroup, subject to,
     subsidiary, subspecies, superadded, superaddition, superfluous,
     supervenient, supplement, supplemental, supplementary, suspenseful,
     tangent, tangential, team, thinkable, touching, tribe, troop,
     troupe, turning on, ultimate, unanticipated, uncaused, uncounted,
     undecided, undetermined, unessential, unestablished, unexpected,
     unfixed, unforeseeable, unforeseen, unlooked-for, unpredictable,
     unsettled, untold, up for grabs, wing

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  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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