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

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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

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