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Multiple Meanings
contingent — as in:  the Canadian contingent

The peacekeeping force includes a British contingent.
a group of people acting for or representing a larger group with whom they have something in common — such as a squad of soldiers who are sent to do a job or members of a group who are sent to represent the larger group at a convention
contingent — as in:  contingent upon

We made an offer to buy the house, but the offer is contingent upon our selling our existing home before closing the sale on the new one.
determined by conditions or circumstances not yet established
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