from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or involving a contribution
  • adj. Tending to contribute to a result

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. tending to bring about; being partly responsible for


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