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  1. [noun] a gathering of persons representative of some larger group; "each nation sent a contingent of athletes to the Olympics"

  2. [noun] a temporary military unit; "the peace-keeping force includes one British contingent"
    Synonyms: detail

  3. [adjective] possible but not certain to occur; "they had to plan for contingent expenses"

  4. [adjective] determined by conditions or circumstances not yet established; "arms sales contingent on the approval of congress"
    Synonyms: on, dependent on, dependant on, depending on

  5. [adjective] uncertain because of uncontrollable circumstances; "the results of confession were not contingent, they were certain"- George Eliot


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