a. possible, or liable, but not certain, to occur; incidental; casual.
All salaries are reckoned on contingent as well as on actual services.
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But the first plunderers were followed by a second and a third contingent, and with increasing numbers plundering became more and more difficult and assumed more definite forms.
War and Peace(V5) By Leo Tolstoy Context
My friend Heep has not fixed the positive remuneration at too high a figure, but he has made a great deal, in the way of extrication from the pressure of pecuniary difficulties, contingent on the value of my services; and on the value of those services I pin my faith.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens Context
Between him and me, secret articles were signed of which Herbert was the subject, and I paid him half of my five hundred pounds down, and engaged for sundry other payments: some, to fall due at certain dates out of my income: some, contingent on my coming into my property.
Great Expectations By Charles Dickens Context
Rosedale, and of the difficulties on which that fear was contingent, vanished beyond the edge of thought.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton Context
The whole appearance of the dungeon might have appalled a stouter heart than that of Isaac, who, nevertheless, was more composed under the imminent pressure of danger, than he had seemed to be while affected by terrors, of which the cause was as yet remote and contingent.
When they entered the large common room of the inn they found assembled there about ten men from among the neighbouring population, and the group was increased by the new contingent to double that number.
Return of the Native By Thomas Hardy Context