contributory

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

Definition of contributory

  1. 1 a :  subject to a levy of supplies, money, or men b :  contributing to a common fund or enterprise

  2. 2 :  of, relating to, or forming a contribution

15th Century

First Known Use of contributory

15th century


CONTRIBUTORY Defined for English Language Learners

contributory

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

Definition of contributory for English Language Learners

  • : helping to cause something

  • : paid for by both the employee and employer


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contributory

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

Legal Definition of contributory

  1. 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. 2 :  helping to bring about an end or result <contributory infringement>


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