- Contingency means something that could happen or come up depending on other occurrences.
An example of a contingency is the unexpected need for a bandage on a hike.
- The definition of a contingency is something that depends on something else in order to happen.
An example of contingency is a military strategy that can’t go forward until an earlier piece of the war plan is complete.
contingency definition by Webster's New World
- the quality or condition of being contingent; esp., dependence on chance or uncertain conditions
- something whose occurrence depends on chance or uncertain conditions; a possible, unforeseen, or accidental occurrence: be prepared for any contingency
- some thing or event which depends on or is incidental to another: the contingencies of war
Origin: see contingence
contingency definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. con·tin·gen·cies
- a. An event that may occur but that is not likely or intended; a possibility.b. A possibility that must be prepared for; a future emergency.
- The condition of being dependent on chance; uncertainty.
- Something incidental to something else.
- con·tinˈgen·cy adjective
contingency - Legal Definition