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contingent (adj) dependent on.

When a thing is dependent on another thing that may or may not happen, the one thing is contingent on another. A good crop is contingent on good rains. The extra pay you get is contingent on the extra work you put in, that is, you get the extra pay on the not so certain extra work you put in. 'Any further investment in the project is contingent on the profits we get this year. This means that we shall invest further in the project, only if we get profits this year, but we are not so sure of the profits. Remission of one's prison term is contingent on their good behavior. Provided the prisoner behaves well, his prison term may be reduced.

  • What program of study Jim will pursue at the university is contingent on his scores now, and more than that, on his father's willingness to finance his further studies.
  • Further action on the project cannot be decided at this stage, as it is contingent on the collaborator's funding, of which we have no idea, as yet.
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