Webster 1913 Edition
Possible, or liable, but not certain, to occur; incidental; casual.
Weighing so much actual crime against so much
Dependent on that which is undetermined or unknown;“Uncertain and contingent causes.”
as, the success of his undertaking is.
contingentupon events which he can not control
Dependent for effect on something that may or may not occur;
contingentlegacy be left to any one when he attains, or if he attains, the age of twenty-one.
An event which may or may not happen; that which is unforeseen, undetermined, or dependent on something future; a contingency.
His understanding could almost pierce into future
That which falls to one in a division or apportionment among a number; a suitable share; proportion; esp., a quota of troops.
From the Alps to the border of Flanders,
contingentswere required . . . 200,000 men were in arms.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Falling or coming by chance, that is, without design or expectation on our part; accidental; casual. On our part, we speak of chance or contingencies; but with an infinite being, nothing can be contingent.
2.In law, depending on an uncertainty; as a contingent remainder.
1.A fortuitous event; that which comes without our design, foresight or expectation.
2.That which falls to one in a division or apportionment among a number; a quota; an equal or suitable share; proportion. Each prince furnishes his contingent of men, money and munitions.