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contingency

noun
     
con‧tin‧gen‧cy plural contingencies [countable]
1 an event or situation that might happen in the future, especially one that could cause problems:
Add up your outgoings, putting on a bit more for contingencies.
2

contingency fee

SCL an amount of money that a lawyer in the US will be paid only if the person they are advising wins in court

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