Definition of contributory in US English:



  • 1Playing a part in bringing something about.

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

    ‘contributory benefits’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And by making a social insurance payment, they can avail of certain State benefits, principally the contributory pension entitlement.’
    • ‘The contributory income of 400,000 employed was equal to the minimum wage, she said.’
    • ‘We offer an excellent benefits package including contributory pension scheme, life assurance and private medical cover.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In return, the Company offers a competitive salary, a contributory Pension Scheme, life insurance and a company car.’
    • ‘The basic state pension is contributory only in the sense that the payment of sufficient contributions is a condition of entitlement.’
    • ‘The union is also stepping up its campaign to have the contributory old age pension increased to 34% of average industrial earnings.’
    • ‘In contributory schemes, companies will commonly match employee contributions.’
    • ‘The agreement also brings improvements including a contributory pension scheme.’
    • ‘Under the new arrangements, the contributory old-age pension will rise to 167.30 per week.’
    • ‘Although less common than 20 years ago many large companies operate a contributory pension fund on behalf of their employees.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Benefits available for this position include an attractive salary, 25 days holiday, a company car and 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.’
    • ‘The pension fund is now contributory, for example.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I will shortly qualify for a full old-age contributory pension.’
    ancillary, subordinate, secondary, supportive
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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘contributing to a fund’): from medieval Latin contributorius, from Latin contribut- ‘added’ (see contribution).