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contingency
used in The Great Gatsby

2 uses
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Definition
something 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
  • He was employed in a vague personal capacity — while he remained with Cody he was in turn steward, mate, skipper, secretary, and even jailor, for Dan Cody sober knew what lavish doings Dan Cody drunk might soon be about, and he provided for such contingencies by reposing more and more trust in Gatsby.
    p. 100.5
contingencies = things that might happen
  • The immediate contingency overtook him, pulled him back from the edge of the theoretical abyss.
    p. 121.9
contingency = thing that might happen
There are no more uses of "contingency" in The Great Gatsby.

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