American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or involving contribution.
- adj. Helping to bring about a result.
- adj. Subject to an impost or levy.
- n. One that contributes.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Contributing to the same stock or purpose; promoting the same end; bringing assistance to some joint enterprise, or increase to some common stock.
- Paying contribution; tributary; subject.
- n. One who or that which contributes.
- n. In recent Eng. law, one who, by reason of being or having been a shareholder in a jointstock company, is bound, on the winding up of the company, to contribute toward the payment of its debts.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Contributing to the same stock or purpose; promoting the same end; bringing assistance to some joint design, or increase to some common stock; contributive.
- n. One who contributes, or is liable to be called upon to contribute, as toward the discharge of a common indebtedness.
- adj. tending to bring about; being partly responsible for
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“The parliament pays £2 into the fund for every £1 contributed by each member and, with the supposedly "contributory" element also being paid out of public funds, MEPs are able to build up a very nice little nest-egg at our expense.”
“They dropped the so-called "contributory" participation aim and substituted what became known as the "option route" to participation.”
“Note, for instance, the second footnote of the leaked draft, which says that the push for "third party liability" (such as contributory infringement and inducement) will be moved into the civil enforcement chapter of ACTA.”
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