noun, plural con·trib·u·to·ries.
Origin of contributory
Examples from the Web for contributory
He contracted Hepatitis C from drug use, which was a contributory factor in his death.
If these should occur, obstructed breathing due to adenoid vegetations is sometimes at work as a contributory cause.The Nervous Child|Hector Charles Cameron
Another minute contributory element of style is the Biblical phrasing.George Borrow|Edward Thomas
The State also provides under a contributory system for its employes.Anti-Suffrage Essays|Various
Emigration was one of the contributory influences which helped to end the hunger of the Hungry 'Forties.Mr. Punch's History of Modern England, Vol. I (of 4).--1841-1857|Charles L. Graves
The spirit of the Boy Scout movement was at least a contributory factor in helping us to win the War.Mr. Punch's History of Modern England Vol. IV of IV.|Charles L. Graves