the act of contributing.
something contributed.
an article, story, drawing, etc., furnished to a magazine or other publication.
an impost or levy.
Insurance. the method of distributing liability, in case of loss, among several insurers whose policies attach to the same risk.

1350–1400; Middle English contribucio(u)n (< Anglo-French) < Late Latin contribūtiōn- (stem of contribūtiō). See contribute, -ion

contributional, adjective
noncontribution, noun
overcontribution, noun
precontribution, noun
supercontribution, noun

2. gift, donation, benefaction. Unabridged
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contribution (ˌkɒntrɪˈbjuːʃən)
1.  the act of contributing
2.  something contributed, such as money or ideas
3.  an article, story, etc, contributed to a newspaper or other publication
4.  insurance a portion of the total liability incumbent on each of two or more companies for a risk with respect to which all of them have issued policies
5.  archaic a levy, esp towards the cost of a war

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from L. contributionem, from contribuere "to bring together, add, contribute," from com- "together" + tribuere "to allot, pay" (see tribute). Used in Eng. in fig. sense of "crushed in spirit by a sense of sin."
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Example sentences
Nicole explained that the prime minister knew about my studies and that the
  gift was intended to be a contribution to my studies.
It would also make a lasting contribution to science.
He perceived that different coffee-houses stood for widely different interests,
  and he laid them all under contribution.
But the contribution from the foreconscious, which is missing here, may be
  found in another place.
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