1. the act of contributing.
  2. something contributed.
  3. an article, story, drawing, etc., furnished to a magazine or other publication.
  4. an impost or levy.
  5. Insurance. the method of distributing liability, in case of loss, among several insurers whose policies attach to the same risk.

Origin of contribution

1350–1400; Middle English contribucio(u)n (< Anglo-French) < Late Latin contribūtiōn- (stem of contribūtiō). See contribute, -ion
Related formscon·tri·bu·tion·al, adjectivenon·con·tri·bu·tion, nouno·ver·con·tri·bu·tion, nounpre·con·tri·bu·tion, nounsu·per·con·tri·bu·tion, noun

Synonyms for contribution Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for contributional


  1. the act of contributing
  2. something contributed, such as money or ideas
  3. an article, story, etc, contributed to a newspaper or other publication
  4. insurance a portion of the total liability incumbent on each of two or more companies for a risk with respect to which all of them have issued policies
  5. archaic a levy, esp towards the cost of a war
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Word Origin and History for contributional



late 14c., from Old French contribution and directly from Latin contributionem (nominative contributio), noun of action from past participle stem of contribuere "to bring together, add, contribute," from com- "together" (see com-) + tribuere "to allot, pay" (see tribute).

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