Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)
result(s) from the 1913
Con*tin"gen*cy (?), n,; pl. Contingencies (#). [Cf. F. contingence.]
1. Union or connection; the state of touching or contact. Point of contingency."
2. The quality or state of being contingent or casual; the possibility of coming to pass.
Aristotle says we are not to build certain rules on the contingency of human actions.
3. An event which may or may not occur; that which is possible or probable; a fortuitous event; a chance.
The remarkable position of the queen rendering her death a most important contingency.
4. An adjunct or accessory.
5. (Law) A certain possible event that may or may not happen, by which, when happening, some particular title may be affected.
Syn. -- Casualty; accident; chance.