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noun [countable]     contingency pronunciation in American English
/kənˈtɪndʒənsi/
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singularcontingency
pluralcontingencies
  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.

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