Description also, in the most artistic fiction, is used only as subsidiary and contributive to narration.
But it is in narrative and in description that the quality of style is most contributive to the maximum effect.
Henry James proposed, in each instance, to disclose "the contributive value of the accessory facts in a given artistic case."
The contributive part of French in the new vocabulary corresponds to the branches of activity reserved to the new-comers.
It would be foolish to ignore the contributive force of this sense.
1520s, from Latin contributus, past participle of contribuere "to bring together, add, unite, collect, contribute" (see contribution). Figurative sense is from 1630s. Related: Contributed; contributing.