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Definitionsomething that might happen — especially something that it is hoped will not happen
or more rarely:
something available in case of an event — especially an event that it is hoped will not occur
- Nevertheless, like the greater part of our misfortunes, even so serious a contingency brings its remedy and consolation with it, if the sufferer will but make the best rather than the worst, of the accident which has befallen him.Introductory (93% in)
- His position is then one of the most singularly irksome, and, in every contingency, disagreeable, that a wretched mortal can possibly occupy; with seldom an alternative of good on either hand, although what presents itself to him as the worst event may very probably be the best.Introductory (89% in)
There are no more uses of "contingency" in The Scarlet Letter.
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