origin: (1400s) Middle French; com-= together + tangere= to touch
A parade I was at had to use the word "contingent" so often, that once again I began to wonder, "Could I use this at 1word1day?" That's right, I've got vocabulary on the brain!
And that's because it means a group of people who may be joined together, in this case marching, toward a similar goal; a group of people representing a common cause. Can be used in military circumstances as well as civilian. It's a word you may know better as an adjective, but can also be used as a noun!
Happening by chance or unforeseen circumstances; an action reliant on something else that may or may not occur; likely to happen, but not guaranteed.
Construction of the George Lucas Star Wars museum was contingent upon a quorum of San Francisco landowners and regulators agreeing to permit the structure, ergo it will now be located in Chicago instead.