Pronunciation: (kun-trib'yu-tôr"ē, -tōr"ē), [key]
—adj., n., pl. -ries.
1. pertaining to or of the nature of contribution; contributing.
2. furnishing something toward a result: a contributory factor.
3. of, pertaining to, or constituting an insurance or pension plan the premiums of which are paid partly by an employer and partly by employees.
4. subject to contribution or levy.
a person or thing that contributes.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.