Contingency vs. Backup

Contingency vs. Backup — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Contingency and Backup

Contingencynoun

An event that may occur but that is not likely or intended; a possibility.

Backupnoun

A reserve or substitute.

Contingencynoun

A possibility that must be prepared for; a future emergency.

Backupnoun

(Computers) A copy of a program or file that is stored separately from the original.

Contingencynoun

The condition of being dependent on chance; uncertainty.

Backupnoun

Support or backing.

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Contingencynoun

Something incidental to something else.

Backupnoun

(Music) A background accompaniment, as for a performer.

Contingencynoun

(uncountable) The quality of being contingent, of happening by chance; unpredictability.

Backupnoun

An overflow or accumulation caused by clogging or by a stoppage

a backup in the sink.a backup of traffic at the drawbridge.

Contingencynoun

(countable) A possibility; something which may or may not happen. A chance occurrence, especially in finance, unexpected expenses.

Backupadjective

Extra; standby

a backup pilot.
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Contingencynoun

(countable) An amount of money which a party to a contract has to pay to the other party (usually the supplier of a major project to the client) if he or she does not fulfill the contract according to the specification.

Backupnoun

A reserve or substitute.

If the goalkeeper is injured, we have a backup.

Contingencynoun

A statement which is neither a tautology nor a contradiction.

Backupnoun

(computing) A copy of a file or record, stored separately from the original, that can be used to recover the original if it is destroyed or damaged.

After the power failure, we had to restore the database from backup.

Contingencynoun

a possible event or occurrence or result

Backupnoun

An accumulation of material caused by a (partial) obstruction or (complete) blockage of the flow or movement of the material, or an accumulation of material that causes an overflow due to the flow being greater than the maximum possible flow.

The accident caused a mile-long backup on the highway.The blockage caused a backup in the plumbing.

Contingencynoun

the state of being contingent on something

Backupnoun

(law enforcement) reinforcements

He's got a gun! You'd better send for backup.

Backupadjective

Standby, reserve or extra.

I am only a backup player.

Backupadjective

(computing) That is intended as a backup.

Make a backup copy of that file.

Backupverb

misspelling of back up

Backupnoun

an accumulation caused by clogging or a stoppage;

a traffic backup on the main streethe discovered a backup in the toilet

Backupnoun

someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult);

the star had a stand-in for dangerous sceneswe need extra employees for summer fill-ins

Backupnoun

a subordinate musical part; provides background for more important parts

Backupnoun

(computer science) a copy of a file or directory on a separate storage device;

he made a backup in case the original was accidentally damaged or erased

Backupnoun

the act of providing approval and support;

his vigorous backing of the conservatives got him in trouble with progressives