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contingent
used in Oryx and Crake

2 meanings, 3 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
the Canadian contingent
Definition
a sub-group united by something in common
in various senses, including:
  • a squad of soldiers sent to do a job
  • members of an association at a convention of many associations
  • all the women at a meeting with women and men
  • But the rest of the team, he said — the MaddAddamite contingent — was confined to base for the duration.
    p. 304.2
contingent = group
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2  —2 uses as in:
contingent upon
Definition
determined by conditions or circumstances not yet established
  • Kids came and went, desks filled and emptied, friendship was always contingent.
    p. 71.4
contingent = determined by conditions or circumstances not yet established
  • Language itself had lost its solidity; it had become thin, contingent, slippery, a viscid film on which he was sliding around like an eyeball on a plate.
    p. 260.3

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