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Definition of contributory adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    contributory

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//kənˈtrɪbjətəri//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtrɪbjətɔːri//
     
    [usually before noun]
     
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  1. 1helping to cause something Alcohol is a contributory factor in 10% of all road accidents. Smoking is a contributory cause of many diseases. (British English) He was found guilty of contributory negligence(= that helped to cause an accident).
  2. 2involving payments from the people who will benefit a contributory pension scheme/plan (= paid for by both employers and employees) contributory benefits (= ones that you make payments for) opposite non-contributory
  3. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘contributing to a fund’): from medieval Latin contributorius, from Latin contribut- ‘added’, from the verb contribuere, from con- ‘with’ + tribuere ‘bestow’.
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