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English definition of “contingency”

contingency

noun [C] uk   /kənˈtɪn.dʒən.si/ formal us  
something that might possibly happen in the future, usually causing problems or making further arrangements necessary: You must be able to deal with all possible contingencies. Have you made any contingency plans?Possible and probable
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