What does the word contingency mean?

Usage examples for contingency

  1. This latter contingency was not one which presented itself with marked frequency to the mind of Kenneth Landor, and therefore gave him much food for reflection as the day wore on. – Those Dale Girls by Frank Weston Carruth
  2. To provide for such a contingency Agassiz made in the winter of 1863 the most extensive lecturing tour he had ever undertaken, even in his busiest lecturing days. – Louis Agassiz: His Life and Correspondence by Louis Agassiz
  3. It was good to have a friend like Swing Tunstall- one who would not interfere but who would be in alert readiness for any contingency. – The Heart of the Range by William Patterson White