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contingency
used in The House of the Seven Gables

3 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 had no burden of care upon him; there were none of those questions and contingencies with the future to be settled which wear away all other lives, and render them not worth having by the very process of providing for their support.
    Chapter 11 — The Arched Window (82% in)
  • Judge Pyncheon's neck is too precious to be risked on such a contingency as a stumbling steed.
    Chapter 18 — Governor Pyncheon (22% in)
  • In most other cases and contingencies, the individual is present among us, mixed up with the daily revolution of affairs, and affording a definite point for observation.
    Chapter 21 — The Departure (3% in)

There are no more uses of "contingency" in The House of the Seven Gables.

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