An additional amount or percentage added to any cash flow item ( i.e. capex). Care is needed to ensure it is either to be spent or to remain as a cushion. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary

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contingency con‧tin‧gen‧cy [kənˈtɪndʒənsi] noun contingencies PLURALFORM [countable]
1. an event or situation that might happen in the future, especially one that might cause problems:

• Damage to television aerials is covered under the Contents section. Note: some contents policies do not cover this contingency.

2. a plan for dealing with an event or situation that might happen or cause problems in the future:

• Imagine a major crisis in your area of responsibility. Do you have a contingency for it?

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contingency UK US /kənˈtɪndʒənsi/ noun [C] (plural contingencies)
something that might possibly happen in the future, usually causing problems or making further arrangements necessary: »

""While it is impossible to account for every contingency, the industry historically has met demand and fully expects to do so this winter,"" said the American Petroleum Institute.

an arrangement for dealing with something that might possibly happen or cause problems in the future: »

The report advises a minimum fund of three months' net income to provide a contingency against uncertainties in the future.

on a contingency basis — Cf. on a contingency basis

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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