contribution

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noun con·tri·bu·tion \ˌkän-trə-ˈbyü-shən\

Definition of contribution

  1. 1 :  a payment (such as a levy or tax) imposed by military, civil, or ecclesiastical authorities usually for a special or extraordinary purpose

  2. 2 :  the act of contributing; also :  the thing contributed his $100 contribution to the cancer research fund

contributive

play \kən-ˈtri-byə-tiv\ adjective

contributively

adverb

Examples of contribution in a Sentence

  1. They thanked him for his contribution of time and money.

  2. He made an important contribution to the debate.

  3. As mayor, he made many positive contributions to the growth of the city.

  4. a book of essays including contributions from several well-known political columnists

  5. The money was raised by voluntary contribution.

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Origin and Etymology of contribution

see contribute


CONTRIBUTION Defined for Kids

contribution

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noun con·tri·bu·tion \ˌkän-trə-ˈbyü-shən\

Definition of contribution for Students

  1. :  the act of giving something or something given :  donation


Law Dictionary

contribution

noun con·tri·bu·tion

Legal Definition of contribution

  1. 1 :  payment of a share of an amount for which one is liable: as a :  shared payment of a judgment by joint tortfeasors especially according to proportional fault — compare apportion a b :  pro rata apportionment of loss among all the insurance policies covering the same person or property — compare indemnity

  2. 2 :  the money paid by one responsible for a share

  3. 3 :  payment to a common fund (as by an employer or employee to an insurance plan or retirement fund)



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