[ US /kənˈtɪndʒənt/ ]
[ UK /kəntˈɪnd‍ʒənt/ ]
  1. a gathering of persons representative of some larger group
    each nation sent a contingent of athletes to the Olympics
  2. a temporary military unit
    the peacekeeping force includes one British contingent
  1. being determined by conditions or circumstances that follow
    arms sales contingent on the approval of congress
  2. uncertain because of uncontrollable circumstances
    the results of confession were not contingent, they were certain
  3. possible but not certain to occur
    they had to plan for contingent expenses
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How To Use contingent In A Sentence

  • Someone who really wanted to stop unsanctioned immigration would begin here, by busting the small contractors who employ these workers on a contingent basis.
  • In the midst of a losing streak, a contingent of backup players complained about playing time.
  • Huge crowds are expected to file past the coffin, which will be guarded by a contingent of Gentlemen at Arms and Yeoman of the Guard.
  • Just as his concessions were being broadcast, loyal contingents rolled into Saigon.
  • The set-off clause precludes the withdrawals of amounts standing to the customer's credit as long as this liability is contingent.
  • The postmodern perspective, on the other hand, views the movement of historical time to be radically contingent and unpredictable.
  • The national anthem at last week's home opener at Fenway Park — performed by a Boston Pops contingent — included the now de rigueur obbligato of a military jet flyover. Flams and drags
  • The physical realm is the realm of contingent, temporal, concrete and fuzzy particulars.
  • In turn, articulating cultural practices of the subjects so constituted mark contingent collective ‘histories’ with variable new meanings.
  • The U.S. Marines operate the air-traffic control tower, and a small contingent of U.S. Army troops run the power-production facility.
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