Definition of contributory in English:


Syllabification: con·trib·u·to·ry
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(Of or 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).

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