The adjective contingent can be used to describe something that can occur only when something else happens first. Making money is contingent on finding a good-paying job.

When an event or situation is contingent, it means that it depends on some other event or fact. For example, sometimes buying a new house has to be contingent upon someone else buying your old house first. That way you don't end up owning two houses! As a noun, contingent means either "a group of soldiers that joins a larger force," like a contingent of British troops sent to assist American soldiers, or "a group of people with something in common," like the contingent of folks dressed as Batman at Comic-Con.

Definitions of contingent
  1. adjective
    determined by conditions or circumstances that follow
    “arms sales contingent on the approval of congress”
    synonyms: contingent on, contingent upon, dependant on, dependant upon, dependent on, dependent upon, depending on
    imposing or depending on or containing a condition
  2. adjective
    uncertain because of uncontrollable circumstances
    “"the results of confession were not contingent, they were certain"- George Eliot”
    not certain to occur; not inevitable
  3. adjective
    possible but not certain to occur
    “they had to plan for contingent expenses”
    capable of happening or existing
  4. noun
    a gathering of persons representative of some larger group
    “each nation sent a contingent of athletes to the Olympics”
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    type of:
    assemblage, gathering
    a group of persons together in one place
  5. noun
    a temporary military unit
    “the peacekeeping force includes one British contingent
    synonyms: detail
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    type of:
    force, military force, military group, military unit
    a unit that is part of some military service
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