Origin of contributor
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- a person who contributes, esp one who writes for a newspaper or one who makes a donation to a cause, etc
- something that is a factor in or is partly responsible for somethingalcohol was a contributor to his death
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Word Origin and History for non-contributor
also contributer, mid-15c., from Anglo-French contributour, from Vulgar Latin *contributorem, agent noun from contribut-, stem of contribuere (see contribution). Related: Contributory (early 15c.).
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