contingent

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.

Primary Meanings of contingent

1.
adj
determined by conditions or circumstances that follow
2.
n
a gathering of persons representative of some larger group
3.
n
a temporary military unit
Full Definitions of contingent
1

adj 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
conditional
imposing or depending on or containing a condition

adj uncertain because of uncontrollable circumstances

“"the results of confession were not contingent, they were certain"- George Eliot”
Synonyms:
uncertain
not certain to occur; not inevitable

adj possible but not certain to occur

“they had to plan for contingent expenses”
Synonyms:
possible
capable of happening or existing
2

n a gathering of persons representative of some larger group

“each nation sent a contingent of athletes to the Olympics”
Type of:
assemblage, gathering
a group of persons together in one place
3

n a temporary military unit

“the peacekeeping force includes one British contingent
Synonyms:
detail
Type of:
force, military force, military group, military unit
a unit that is part of some military service

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