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Date: 1300-1400
Language: French
Origin: Latin, present participle of contingere 'to have contact with, happen to', from com- ( COM-) + tangere 'to touch'

contingent

1 adjective
     
con‧tin‧gent1 formal
depending on something that may happen in the future
contingent on/upon
Further investment is contingent upon the company's profit performance.

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