verb (used with object), con·trib·ut·ed, con·trib·ut·ing.
verb (used without object), con·trib·ut·ed, con·trib·ut·ing.
Origin of contribute
Examples from the Web for contributive
But it is in narrative and in description that the quality of style is most contributive to the maximum effect.
Description also, in the most artistic fiction, is used only as subsidiary and contributive to narration.
Henry James proposed, in each instance, to disclose "the contributive value of the accessory facts in a given artistic case."
It would be foolish to ignore the contributive force of this sense.Modern Religious Cults and Movements|Gaius Glenn Atkins
The contributive part of French in the new vocabulary corresponds to the branches of activity reserved to the new-comers.A Literary History of the English People|Jean Jules Jusserand
British Dictionary definitions for contributive
verb (often foll by to)
Word Origin for contribute
Word Origin and History for contributive
1520s, from Latin contributus, past participle of contribuere "to bring together, add, unite, collect, contribute" (see contribution). Figurative sense is from 1630s. Related: Contributed; contributing.