[ kuhn-trib-yuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ kənˈtrɪb yəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /


pertaining to or of the nature of contribution; contributing.
furnishing something toward a result: a contributory factor.
of, relating to, or constituting an insurance or pension plan the premiums of which are paid partly by an employer and partly by employees.
subject to contribution or levy.

noun, plural con·trib·u·to·ries.

a person or thing that contributes.

Origin of contributory

1375–1425; late Middle English contributorie < Medieval Latin contribūtōrius. See contribute, -tory1

SYNONYMS FOR contributory

OTHER WORDS FROM contributory

non·con·trib·u·to·ry, adjective, noun, plural non·con·trib·u·to·ries.un·con·trib·u·to·ry, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for noncontributory (1 of 2)

/ (ˌnɒnkənˈtrɪbjʊtərɪ, -trɪ) /


  1. denoting an insurance or pension scheme for employees, the premiums of which are paid entirely by the employer
  2. (of a state benefit) not dependent on national insurance contributions
not providing contribution; noncontributing

British Dictionary definitions for noncontributory (2 of 2)

/ (kənˈtrɪbjʊtərɪ, -trɪ) /


(often foll by to) sharing in or being partly responsible (for the cause of something)a contributory factor
giving or donating to a common purpose or fund
of, relating to, or designating an insurance or pension scheme in which the premiums are paid partly by the employer and partly by the employees who benefit from it
liable or subject to a tax or levy

noun plural -ries

a person or thing that contributes
company law a member or former member of a company liable to contribute to the assets on the winding-up of the company
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