con|tin´gent|ness


con|tin´gent|ness
con|tin|gent «kuhn TIHN juhnt», noun, adjective.
–n.
1. a share of soldiers, laborers, or other persons furnished to a force from different sources: »

The United States sent a large contingent of troops to Europe in World War II.

2. a group that is a part of a larger group: »

The New York contingent had seats together at the national convention.

3. something accidental or unexpected.
4. a portion or share assigned; allotment: »

The young heir's contingent of the estate was smaller than he had hoped for.

–adj.
1. depending on something uncertain; conditional: »

Our plans for a picnic are contingent upon fair weather.

2. liable to happen or not to happen; possible; uncertain: »

The traveler set aside five dollars a day for contingent expenses.

3. happening by chance; accidental; unexpected: »

If they had no contingent meeting, he determined to plan one.

4. Logic. accidentally existing or true; not existing or occurring through necessity: »

All statements about “human nature” are contingent upon the meaning of “human” and “nature.”

5. Law. dependent on events or circumstances that may occur.
6. Accounting. depending on or for use in the event of unforeseeable or uncertain circumstances: »

a contingent fund.

[< Latin contingēns, -entis touching (on the sides), present participle of contingere; see etym. under contact (Cf.contact)]
con|tin´gent|ly, adverb.
con|tin´gent|ness, noun.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • con|tin|gent — «kuhn TIHN juhnt», noun, adjective. –n. 1. a share of soldiers, laborers, or other persons furnished to a force from different sources: »The United States sent a large contingent of troops to Europe in World War II. 2. a group that is a part of a …   Useful english dictionary

  • con|cet´ed|ness — con|ceit|ed «kuhn SEE tihd», adjective. 1. having too high an opinion of oneself or one s ability; vain: »We heard no more of the conceited boy s great strength after he lost the fight. SYNONYM(S): egotistical, proud. 2. Dialect. full of notions; …   Useful english dictionary

  • con|clu´sive|ness — con|clu|sive «kuhn KLOO sihv», adjective. 1. decisive; convincing; final: »a conclusive argument or reply. The evidence against the burglar was conclusive. 2. Rare. occurring at or forming the end. –con|clu´sive|ly, adverb. –con|clu´sive|ness,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • con|cur´rent|ness — con|cur|rent «kuhn KUR uhnt», adjective, noun. –adj. 1. happening at the same time; existing side by side: »The twins had concurrent birthdays. 2. agreeing; harmonious: »concurrent ideas. SYNONYM(S): consistent. 3. working together; cooperating …   Useful english dictionary

  • con|du´cive|ness — con|du|ci|ble «kuhn DOO suh buhl, DYOO », adjective. favorable or helpful (to): »Exercise and proper eating habits are conducive to good health. Comparing oneself with others is rarely conducive to real happiness (New York Times). –con|du´cive|ly …   Useful english dictionary

  • con|fid´ing|ness — con|fid|ing «kuhn FY dihng», adjective. 1. trustful; trusting. 2. Obsolete. trusty; trustworthy. –con|fid´ing|ly, adverb. –con|fid´ing|ness, noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • con|firm´ed|ness — con|firmed «kuhn FURMD», adjective. 1. firmly established; proved: »a confirmed rumor. 2. a) constant or habitual; settled: »a confirmed smoker. SYNONYM(S): inveterate. b) permanent; chronic: »a confirmed bachelor, a confirmed invalid. 3 …   Useful english dictionary

  • con|fus´ed|ness — con|fused «kuhn FYOOZD», adjective. 1. mixed up; disordered. 2. bewildered. –con|fus´ed|ly, adverb. –con|fus´ed|ness, noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • con|gen´ial|ness — con|gen|ial «kuhn JEEN yuhl», adjective. 1. having similar tastes and interests; getting on well together: »Congenial companions made the trip pleasant. SYNONYM(S): kindred, sympathetic. 2. agreeable; suitable: »The boy found mowing the lawn more …   Useful english dictionary


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