contributing factor

Definition of contributing factor

:something that helps cause a result
  • According to the police report of the accident, excessive speed was a contributing factor.
often + to/in
  • The coach's positive attitude was a contributing factor to/in the team's success.

Word by Word Definitions

contribute play contributing
  1. : to give or supply in common with others

  2. : to supply (something, such as an article) for a publication

  3. : to give a part to a common fund or store

factor play
  1. : one who acts or transacts business for another: such as

  2. : broker

  3. : one that lends money to producers and dealers (as on the security of accounts receivable)

  1. : to work as a factor

  2. : to resolve into factors

  3. : to include or admit as a factor


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