From con (“together”) + tangō (“touch”).
contingō (present infinitive contingere, perfect active contigī, supine contāctum); third conjugation
- I touch on all sides, come into contact with.
- I reach (by moving), attain to, come to, arrive at, meet with.
- I touch, extend to, border upon, reach; I am near, neighbouring or contiguous to.
- I touch, affect, seize upon, move,
- (usually in passive) I touch with pollution, pollute, stain, defile, contaminate.
- (with dative) I fall to my lot, obtain.
- I happen, turn out, come to pass.
- “contingo” in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879.
- contingent in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911