Definitions of contingent

  1. a gathering of persons representative of some larger group; " each nation sent a contingent of athletes to the Olympics"
  2. An event which is liable but not certain to occur: a share or proportion, especially of soldiers.
  3. A quota or proportion. esp. of soldiers.
  4. A contingency.
  5. A quota, as of troops.
  6. A fortuitous event; that which falls to one in a division or apportionment among a number, especially the number of troops to be supplied by each state confederate in a war.
  7. A quota; a suitable share; proportion; a fortuitous event.
  9. uncertain because of uncontrollable circumstances; " the results of confession were not contingent, they were certain"- George Eliot
  10. determined by conditions or circumstances not yet established; " arms sales contingent on the approval of congress"
  11. Possible, or liable, but not certain, to occur; incidental; casual.
  12. Dependent on that which is undetermined or unknown; as, the success of his undertaking is contingent upon events which he can not control.
  13. Dependent for effect on something that may or may not occur; as, a contingent estate.
  14. An event which may or may not happen; that which is unforeseen, undetermined, or dependent on something future; a contingency.
  15. That which falls to one in a division or apportionment among a number; a suitable share; proportion; esp., a quota of troops.
  16. Possible; accidental; conditional.
  17. Relatively possible; dependent.
  18. Likely but not certain to occur; probable.
  19. Conditional; that may or may not happen; dependent on a contingency; that may or may not be true.
  20. Depending on something else; uncertain; incidental; casual.