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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of, relating to, or involving contribution.
  • adjective Helping to bring about a result.
  • adjective Subject to an impost or levy.
  • noun One that contributes.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun One who or that which contributes.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who contributes, or is liable to be called upon to contribute, as toward the discharge of a common indebtedness.
  • adjective Contributing to the same stock or purpose; promoting the same end; bringing assistance to some joint design, or increase to some common stock; contributive.
  • adjective (Law) negligence by an injured party, which combines with the negligence of the injurer in producing the injury, and which bars recovery when it is the proximate cause of the injury.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • adjective tending to bring about; being partly responsible for

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  • Staff shortages, errors by senior management and antique technology were also identified as contributory factors behind one of the most embarrassing episodes for the ONS in recent memory.

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  • In fact, their role in his injury could almost be characterized as contributory negligence.

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  • They dropped the so-called "contributory" participation aim and substituted what became known as the "option route" to participation.

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