Definition of contributory in English:

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Pronunciation: /kənˈtribyəˌtôrē/


1Playing a part in bringing something about: smoking may be a contributory cause of lung cancer
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  • Indeed, in many respects, it was a significant contributory factor in bringing it to an end.
  • His looks are important, a contributory factor to the success that has made him one of Britain's best known television actors and a regular on the chat-show circuit.
  • When we talk about speed being a significant contributory factor in accident casualty rates that is exactly what we mean.
2(Relating to a pension or insurance plan) operated by means of a fund into which people pay: contributory benefits
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  • Although less common than 20 years ago many large companies operate a contributory pension fund on behalf of their employees.
  • We offer an excellent benefits package including contributory pension scheme, life assurance and private medical cover.
  • In return, the Company offers a competitive salary, a contributory Pension Scheme, life insurance and a company car.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'contributing to a fund'): from medieval Latin contributorius, from Latin contribut- 'added' (see contribution).

Words that rhyme with contributory

retributory, tributary

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Syllabification: con·trib·u·to·ry

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