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contingent

2 noun
     
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contingent2 [C also + plural verb British English]
1 a group of people who all have something in common, such as their nationality, beliefs etc, and who are part of a larger group:
Has the Scottish contingent arrived yet?
2PMA a group of soldiers sent to help a larger group
contingent of
A large contingent of troops was dispatched.

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