I'm in search of a certain word which I cannot find in the dictionary or the internet, but I found something like it.

The word is contingent.

con·tin·gent (kn-tnjnt)

  1. Liable to occur but not with certainty; possible: "All salaries are reckoned on contingent as well as on actual services" (Ralph Waldo Emerson).
  2. Dependent on conditions or occurrences not yet established; conditional: arms sales contingent on the approval of Congress. See Synonyms at dependent.
  3. Happening by chance or accident; fortuitous. See Synonyms at accidental.
  4. Logic True only under certain conditions; not necessarily or universally true: a contingent proposition.

(From http://www.thefreedictionary.com/contingent)

The difference from this word and the word I am looking for would be that the meaning/definition of the word would go as follows:


  1. Only under certain conditions or circumstances but without fail, it will always succeed.
  2. Is not accidental, nor by any means of luck but is conditional.
  3. Does not require chance, To occur without fail, but only if certain conditions are met.

To expand on 3 a bit more, what I mean by "Does not require chance" would be that it's going or not going to happen; that if luck were to play in it that the outcome would still be the same no matter how lucky you were.

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    I don't think your question is clear, but are you thinking of 'inevitable'? Or 'consequential', 'resulting', 'ensuing'? The expression 'inevitable consequence/s' seems to come closest to what you are asking for. – Edwin Ashworth Nov 5 '14 at 11:39
  • In a way I am, but that is only a small part of the word I am looking for. The other part would have to be that like I said before, certain condition must be met before success. – BlazeOfLight Nov 5 '14 at 11:44
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    @BlazeOfLight Perhaps you have answered your own question there - doesn't 'conditional' fit the criteria? e.g. "The success of the project was conditional on securing the funding." – Alo Nov 5 '14 at 11:51
  • @Alo In logic terminology, C is a necessary and sufficient condition for O. – Edwin Ashworth Nov 5 '14 at 11:56
  • Are you looking for "X is predicated upon Y"? – Dan Bron Nov 5 '14 at 11:59

I think you need the word contingent:

  1. (contingent on/upon) Occurring or existing only if (certain circumstances) are the case; dependent on:
    his fees were contingent on the success of his search


Note that you need to use the preposition on/upon with contingent in this sense. But it does mean that the result is guaranteed if and only if certain conditions are satisfied.

  • Andrew, thanks for your help. I was just looking for a single word in particular. This should work nicely. – BlazeOfLight Nov 5 '14 at 11:51
  • I'm confused. OP said that 'contingent' was a word in the same ballpark. – Edwin Ashworth Nov 5 '14 at 11:58
  • I think contingent is in the same ballpark as contingent upon. – Andrew Leach Nov 5 '14 at 12:06

Sounds like the phrase you want is "a consequence".

If A happens, then B must occur then B is a consequence of A.

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