Arms sales contingent on the approval of Congress.
A contingent proposition.
Contingent developments that jeopardized the negotiations.
An example of contingent is the sale of one home going through after the buyer's house is sold; a contingent sale.
An example of a contingent is a clear termite inspection needed in order for a home sale to close escrow.
A contingent estate.
Other Word Forms
Origin of contingent
- Middle English from Latin contingēns contingent- present participle of contingere to touch contact
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Old French contingent, from Medieval Latin contingens (“possible, contingent”), properly present participle of Latin contingere (“to touch, meet, attain to, happen”), from com- (“together”) + tangere (“to touch”).