Definition of contributory in English:

contributory

adjective

  • 1Playing a part in bringing something about.

    ‘smoking may be a contributory cause of the disease’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘The other great contributory factor is the weather.’
    • ‘The social plays a part in forming the personal as do many other contributory forces; biological, economic, psychological, environmental and cultural.’
    • ‘Its etiology also is far from homogeneous, with many likely contributory factors.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Undernutrition is a well known contributory factor to high mortality in children due to infectious diseases.’
    • ‘It is particularly associated with cramps and varicose veins and may be significant in the contributory factors of heart disease.’
    • ‘Accident investigators found no contributory defects in either car.’
    • ‘Stress, fast-paced life, and irregular and bad food habits are all contributory factors.’
    • ‘Indeed, in many respects, it was a significant contributory factor in bringing it to an end.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When we talk about speed being a significant contributory factor in accident casualty rates that is exactly what we mean.’
    • ‘Psychiatric disorders are the main risk factor, but numerous studies have also identified physical illness as an important contributory factor.’
    • ‘However, even if such mechanisms have been operational in the past, it is possible that current species richness had another contributory cause.’
    • ‘In others there may be no such contributory factor.’
    • ‘Another contributory factor, however, may well have been overwork.’
    • ‘He may have a point about car parking but, as regards this tragedy, it would seem it has not been a contributory factor.’
    • ‘I think the lack of corporal punishment is a contributory factor to this lawlessness.’
    • ‘Other contributory factors may be malnutrition and chronic alcohol abuse.’
    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’
    • ‘Under the new arrangements, the contributory old-age pension will rise to 167.30 per week.’
    • ‘In return, the Company offers a competitive salary, a contributory Pension Scheme, life insurance and a company car.’
    • ‘I will shortly qualify for a full old-age contributory pension.’
    • ‘We offer an excellent benefits package including contributory pension scheme, life assurance and private medical cover.’
    • ‘The inter-war years saw the growth of contributory pensions for workers, some occupational pensions - mainly for men - and widows' pensions.’
    • ‘Although less common than 20 years ago many large companies operate a contributory pension fund on behalf of their employees.’
    • ‘The contributory pension is up an enormous 68% since 1997.’
    • ‘They are demanding a 30 percent salary increase, abolition of the contributory pension scheme, provision of medical insurance and steps to end contract labour.’
    • ‘I have applied for the contributory old-age pension and I may be entitled to a part-pension from social welfare.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The pension fund is now contributory, for example.’
    • ‘The union is also stepping up its campaign to have the contributory old age pension increased to 34% of average industrial earnings.’
    • ‘The agreement also brings improvements including a contributory pension scheme.’
    • ‘And by making a social insurance payment, they can avail of certain State benefits, principally the contributory pension entitlement.’
    • ‘Benefits available for this position include an attractive salary, 25 days holiday, a company car and a contributory pension scheme.’
    • ‘The contributory income of 400,000 employed was equal to the minimum wage, she said.’
    • ‘The basic state pension is contributory only in the sense that the payment of sufficient contributions is a condition of entitlement.’
    • ‘In contributory schemes, companies will commonly match employee contributions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘The general body of contributories can have no interest in the case, except such interest as they have through the company.’

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/