a) Of, pertaining to, or involving a contribution
b) Tending to contribute to a result

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  • contributory — con·trib·u·to·ry /kən tri byə ˌtōr ē/ adj 1: characterized by or making contributions to a common fund or enterprise; specif: of, relating to, or being an employee benefit plan to which both employers and employees make contributions 2: helping… …   Law dictionary

  • Contributory — Con*trib u*to*ry, a. Contributing to the same stock or purpose; promoting the same end; bringing assistance to some joint design, or increase to some common stock; contributive. Milton. [1913 Webster] Bonfires of contributory wood. Chapman. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • contributory — [kən trib′yo͞o tôr΄ē] adj. [ME contributorie < ML contributorius] 1. contributing, as to a common fund 2. having a share in bringing about a result [contributory negligence] 3. involving, or having the nature of, a contribution n. pl.… …   English World dictionary

  • Contributory — Con*trib u*to*ry, n.; pl. {Contributories}. One who contributes, or is liable to be called upon to contribute, as toward the discharge of a common indebtedness. Abbott. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • contributory — *auxiliary, ancillary, adjuvant , subservient, accessory Analogous words: concurring, cooperating (see UNITE): helping or helpful, aiding, assisting or assistant (see corresponding verbs at HELP) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • contributory — ► ADJECTIVE 1) playing a part in bringing something about. 2) (of a pension or insurance scheme) operated by means of a fund into which people pay …   English terms dictionary

  • contributory — I contributory, noun One who contributes or is required to contribute. A person liable to contribute to the assets of a company which is being wound up, as being a member or (in some cases) a past member thereof II contributory, adj Joining in… …   Black's law dictionary

  • contributory — [[t]kəntrɪ̱bjʊtəri, AM tɔːri[/t]] ADJ: usu ADJ n A contributory factor of a problem or accident is one of the things which caused it to exist or happen. [FORMAL] We now know that repressing anger is a contributory factor in many physical… …   English dictionary

  • contributory — con|trib|u|to|ry [kənˈtrıbjutəri US to:ri] adj 1.) [only before noun] being one of the causes of a particular result ▪ Smoking is a contributory factor in lung cancer. 2.) a contributory ↑pension or insurance plan is one that is paid for by the… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • contributory — con|trib|u|to|ry [ kən trıbjə,tɔri ] adjective 1. ) only before noun partly responsible for a situation or event: a contributory factor 2. ) a contributory pension or insurance arrangement is one that involves payments by workers as well as… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • contributory — adjective 1 (only before noun) being one of the causes of a particular result: Smoking is a contributory cause of lung cancer. 2 a contributory pension 1 or insurance plan is one that is paid for by the workers as well as by the company opposite… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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