contributory

adjective con·trib·u·to·ry \ kən-ˈtri-byə-ˌtȯr-ē \
Updated on: 27 Mar 2018

Definition of contributory

1 : of, relating to, or forming a contribution : playing a part in bringing about an end or result
  • The lack of cultural empathy among the principal statesmen in the late 1930s is identified as an important contributory factor in the slide toward war …
  • —Colin S. Gray
  • Infection was a contributory but not primary cause of death in another nine patients.
  • —Graeme F. Washer
2 : relating to or being an employee benefit (such as a retirement account) that is funded at least in part by employee contributions
3 : subject to or contributing to a common fund or enterprise : subject to levy or furnishing a share or contingent
  • contributory allies

contributorily

play \kən-ˌtri-byə-ˈtȯr-ə-lē\ adverb
    • was found to be contributorily negligent

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First Known Use of contributory

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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CONTRIBUTORY Defined for English Language Learners

contributory

Definition of contributory for English Language Learners

  • : helping to cause something

  • : paid for by both the employee and employer


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contributory

adjective con·trib·u·to·ry \ kən-ˈtri-byə-ˌtōr-ē \

legal Definition of contributory

1 : characterized by or making contributions to a common fund or enterprise; specifically : of, relating to, or being an employee benefit plan to which both employers and employees make contributions
2 : helping to bring about an end or result
  • contributory infringement

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