The definition of contingent is something that depends on something else happening, or something that is possible or by chance.(adjective)
An example of contingent is the sale of one home going through after the buyer's house is sold; a contingent sale.
A contingent is defined as a condition that needs to be met in order for something else to happen.(noun)
An example of a contingent is a clear termite inspection needed in order for a home sale to close escrow.
See contingent in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: L contingens, prp. of contingere, to touch: see contact
See contingent in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Latin contingēns, contingent-
Origin: , present participle of contingere, to touch; see contact.
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