Con·tin·gen·cy n.; pl. Contingencies .
1. Union or connection; the state of touching or contact. “Point of contingency.”
2. The quality or state of being contingent or casual; the possibility of coming to pass.
Aristotle says we are not to build certain rules on the contingency of human actions. --South.
3. An event which may or may not occur; that which is possible or probable; a fortuitous event; a chance.
The remarkable position of the queen rendering her death a most important contingency. --Hallam.
4. An adjunct or accessory.
5. Law A certain possible event that may or may not happen, by which, when happening, some particular title may be affected.
Syn: -- Casualty; accident; chance.
n 1: a possible event or occurrence or result [syn: eventuality,
2: the state of being contingent on something