Definition of contributory in English:

contributory

adjective

  • 1Playing a part in bringing something about.

    ‘smoking may be a contributory cause of the disease’
    • ‘Other contributory factors may be malnutrition and chronic alcohol abuse.’
    • ‘However, even if such mechanisms have been operational in the past, it is possible that current species richness had another contributory cause.’
    • ‘Stress, fast-paced life, and irregular and bad food habits are all contributory factors.’
    • ‘In others there may be no such contributory factor.’
    • ‘The social plays a part in forming the personal as do many other contributory forces; biological, economic, psychological, environmental and cultural.’
    • ‘The other great contributory factor is the weather.’
    • ‘Undernutrition is a well known contributory factor to high mortality in children due to infectious diseases.’
    • ‘Its etiology also is far from homogeneous, with many likely contributory factors.’
    • ‘The only known contributory factors to prostate cancer are a fatty diet, and for testicular cancer, heredity.’
    • ‘She said: ‘Television is a contributory factor but there is also a lot of peer pressure.’’
    • ‘He may have a point about car parking but, as regards this tragedy, it would seem it has not been a contributory factor.’
    • ‘Psychiatric disorders are the main risk factor, but numerous studies have also identified physical illness as an important contributory factor.’
    • ‘When we talk about speed being a significant contributory factor in accident casualty rates that is exactly what we mean.’
    • ‘Indeed, in many respects, it was a significant contributory factor in bringing it to an end.’
    • ‘I think the lack of corporal punishment is a contributory factor to this lawlessness.’
    • ‘Importantly this was one contributory factor in the expansion of the demand for labour in those manufacturing and service sectors into which black workers were recruited in the 1950s and early 1960s.’
    • ‘Accident investigators found no contributory defects in either car.’
    • ‘Another contributory factor, however, may well have been overwork.’
    • ‘It is particularly associated with cramps and varicose veins and may be significant in the contributory factors of heart disease.’
    • ‘His looks are important, a contributory factor to the success that has made him one of Britain's best known television actors and a regular on the chat-show circuit.’
    involved, active, influential
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  • 2(of a pension or insurance scheme) operated by means of a fund into which people pay.

    ‘contributory benefits’
    • ‘The contributory pension is up an enormous 68% since 1997.’
    • ‘The contributory income of 400,000 employed was equal to the minimum wage, she said.’
    • ‘Benefits available for this position include an attractive salary, 25 days holiday, a company car and a contributory pension scheme.’
    • ‘And by making a social insurance payment, they can avail of certain State benefits, principally the contributory pension entitlement.’
    • ‘Many women after spending a life working on farms have no record of any employment and are not entitled to a contributory old age pension.’
    • ‘The agreement also brings improvements including a contributory pension scheme.’
    • ‘The inter-war years saw the growth of contributory pensions for workers, some occupational pensions - mainly for men - and widows' pensions.’
    • ‘Under the new arrangements, the contributory old-age pension will rise to 167.30 per week.’
    • ‘This was the beginning of the contributory, non-means-tested half of the British social security system; in 1925 state insurance for contributory old-age pensions was added.’
    • ‘I will shortly qualify for a full old-age contributory pension.’
    • ‘Former secretary of state Alan Johnson briefly flirted with the idea of a universal pension, but the government, like the Tories, seems to believe it would be a mistake to abandon our contributory pension.’
    • ‘Although less common than 20 years ago many large companies operate a contributory pension fund on behalf of their employees.’
    • ‘I have applied for the contributory old-age pension and I may be entitled to a part-pension from social welfare.’
    • ‘We offer an excellent benefits package including contributory pension scheme, life assurance and private medical cover.’
    • ‘They are demanding a 30 percent salary increase, abolition of the contributory pension scheme, provision of medical insurance and steps to end contract labour.’
    • ‘The pension fund is now contributory, for example.’
    • ‘The basic state pension is contributory only in the sense that the payment of sufficient contributions is a condition of entitlement.’
    • ‘In return, the Company offers a competitive salary, a contributory Pension Scheme, life insurance and a company car.’
    • ‘In contributory schemes, companies will commonly match employee contributions.’
    • ‘The union is also stepping up its campaign to have the contributory old age pension increased to 34% of average industrial earnings.’
    ancillary, subordinate, secondary, supportive
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noun

British
Law
  • A person liable to give money towards the payment of a wound-up company's debts.

    • ‘During winding-up proceedings against the company the Plaintiff had appeared as a contributory.’
    • ‘The court may, as to all matters relating to the winding up of a company, have regard to the wishes of the creditors or contributories of the company, as proved to it by any sufficient evidence.’
    • ‘In reaching that decision, the court may have to weigh the different interests of creditors and contributories and, perhaps, the different interests of preferential and non-preferential creditors.’
    • ‘The general body of contributories can have no interest in the case, except such interest as they have through the company.’
    • ‘In the present case the contributories were divided into two classes, preference shareholders and ordinary shareholders, and they voted in those classes, and the majority of the preference shareholders voted in favour of the scheme.’

Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘contributing to a fund’): from medieval Latin contributorius, from Latin contribut- ‘added’ (see contribution).

Pronunciation

contributory

/kənˈtrɪbjʊt(ə)ri/