What does the word contingent mean?

Usage examples for contingent

  1. The Sanford contingent had their trunks to unpack as soon as they should arrive. – Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore by Pauline Lester
  2. In this and other similar cases Congress have conferred upon the President power in advance to employ the Army and Navy upon the happening of contingent future events; and this most certainly is embraced within the power to declare war. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  3. The Badawin had decided that there was to be an " Arab contingent," and had been looking forward to the spoils of Europe: this caused quarrels, as all the men wanted to go, and not a ten- year- old would be left behind. – Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Sir Richard Francis Burton