contributory

adjective con·trib·u·to·ry \ kən-ˈtri-byə-ˌtȯr-ē \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of contributory

1 a : subject to a levy of supplies, money, or men
b : contributing to a common fund or enterprise
2 : of, relating to, or forming a contribution

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


CONTRIBUTORY Defined for English Language Learners

contributory

adjective

Definition of contributory for English Language Learners

  • : helping to cause something

  • : paid for by both the employee and employer


Law Dictionary

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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