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noun [countable] contingency pronunciation in American English /kənˈtɪndʒənsi/
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  1. something that might happen in the future, especially something bad
    We like to be prepared for all contingencies.
    1. a.
      something done in order to prepare for a possible bad event
      contingency for: Most large businesses have cash reserves as a contingency for bad debts.
    2. b.
      [only before noun] used for describing plans or actions that help you to prepare for possible bad events
      contingency measures/plans/arrangements
      a contingency fund


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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