Contingent – 1. Dependent on; 2. Existing only if certain circumstances are the case
A group of people sharing a common feature or cause.
To remember the definition of the word contingent, use the following mnemonic:
You can continue, gents, (contingent) playing cards but it is dependent on you looking after the baby. The group all said yes in unison.
Examples of contingent in a sentence (dependent on)
The success of his undertaking is contingent upon events which he can not control.
The sale of a home going through only after the buyer's house is sold is called a contingent sale.
The arms sales are contingent on the approval of Congress.
Examples of contingent in a sentence (a group of people)
Mary, with the assistance of a French contingent, began to fortify Leith.
Their only obligation to the Turkish government is to furnish a contingent in time of war.
On the extreme right stood the Austrian contingent under Schwarzenberg (34,000 men).