Pronunciation: (kun-tin'jun-sē), [key]
1. dependence on chance or on the fulfillment of a condition; uncertainty; fortuitousness: Nothing was left to contingency.
2. a contingent event; a chance, accident, or possibility conditional on something uncertain: He was prepared for every contingency.
3. something incidental to a thing.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.