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1. Logic (of a proposition) true under certain conditions, false under others; not necessary
2. Metaphysics (of some being) existing only as a matter of fact; not necessarily existing
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(1) The sum total of people forming a group or category that is homogeneous in some respect: for instance, the collective of workers of a plant, office employees of an institution, students of a school, or personnel of a military unit.

(2) A norm set for some specific purpose, the maximum number: for instance, the contingent of admission to a higher educational institution.

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It kicked off with the 'Kontinjen Kenegaraan' or National Contingent which consists of 1,318 participants carrying the Malaysian flag including members of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Agency.
Pumihic, the vice president and one of the elders of CorMinda, expressed his happiness on the show of culture by the Igorot community and the contingents.
The IGP said that whole contingent would be awarded commendation certificate (CC-I) along with cash reward.
ISLAMABAD -- A military contingent of United Arab Emirates (UAE) participated in the Pakistan Day parade, held at Shakarparian Parade Avenue here on Friday.
In ceremonies at AFP headquarters at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, on Friday the 135-strong contingent led by Col.
In the Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan (Province) held last Saturday, the contingent from Talisay City Elementary School emerged as grand champion, for the third time in a row, in the elementary division while in the secondary level category, the Tinubdan sa Kauswagan Cultural Troupe from Tuburan town bested three other contingents to go home as grand champion.
"Targeting them will not only be seen as an attack on Turkey but also on the United Nations Security Council and Resolution 1701 and UNIFIL's mandate, which would undermine the peacekeeping mission and prompt European countries to withdraw from the peacekeeping force," the source said, adding that European countries were already apprehensive about tension between their peacekeeping contingents and the local authorities loyal to Hezbollah.
But the question of a contingent beneficiary -- in case the primary beneficiary is deceased or incapacitated -- is often made quickly, without a great deal of thought.
"These contingents have been considered one of the top-most among the UN peacekeeping forces.
He also posits that a company that collects commissions from a carrier in a central payment system is bypassing individual brokers with that compensation, something that could lead to a talent drain for companies that accept contingents.
Plumeri explained: "Willis put its stake in the ground in 2004 and declared contingents a conflict of interest and not in the buyer's best interest.