con·tin·gen·cy /kən-'tin-jən-sē/ n pl -cies
1: the quality or state of being contingent
2: a contingent event or condition: as
a: an event that may but is not certain to occur
a contingency that made performance under the contract impossible
b: something likely to come about as an adjunct to or result of something else; specif: contingency fee at fee 2
whether a case is on a contingency or billed at an hourly rate — D. R. Frederico

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun accident, befalling, casus, chance, circumstance, circumstantial event, coincidence, conditional event, contingence, contingent, contingent event, dependent event, doubtful event, fortune, hap, happening, inadvertence, incident, luck, occurrence, possibility, uncertain event, uncertainty, unforeseen occurrence, unintentional happening associated concepts: contingency contract, double contingency, unavoidable contingency, unforeseen contingency, unusual or extraordinary contingencies foreign phrases:
- Casus fortuitus non est sperandus, et nemo tenetur devinare. — A fortuitous event is not to be expected, and no one is bound to foresee it.
II index chance (possibility), incident, occurrence, secondary, sine qua non

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

A provision in a contract stating that some or all of the terms of the contract will be altered or voided by the occurrence of a specific event. For example, a contingency in a contract for the purchase of a house might state that if the buyer does not approve the inspection report of the physical condition of the property, the buyer does not have to complete the purchase.
Category: Real Estate & Rental Property → Buying a House
Category: Real Estate & Rental Property → Selling a House

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

n. A future event or circumstance whose occurrence is not certain.
@ contingency fee
A fee charged for a lawyer's services in an action that is paid only if the client wins his or her lawsuit or receives a payment from an out-of-court settlement. Usually, the fee is a percentage of the amount recovered. Furthermore, whatever the result of the action, the client will pay the court costs and the other out-of-pocket expenses (postage, subpoena fees, and so on) incurred by the lawyer during the course of the action. Although contingency fees are frequently charged for a lawyer's services in a civil action, it is unethical to charge this way for services in a criminal action. Also called contingent fee.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

   an event that might not occur.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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