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contingency

noun [C]
 
 
/kənˈtɪndʒənsi/
an event or situation that might happen in the future, especially one that could cause problems: a contingency fund/plan (= money or a plan that can be used if there are problems) Possible and probable
a contingency fee money that lawyers charge, which is a share of what the person they represent has wonCosts and expensesPossible and probable
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