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contribution

[kon-truh-byoo-shuh n] /ˌkɒn trəˈbyu ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of contributing.
2.
something contributed.
3.
an article, story, drawing, etc., furnished to a magazine or other publication.
4.
an impost or levy.
5.
Insurance. the method of distributing liability, in case of loss, among several insurers whose policies attach to the same risk.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English contribucio(u)n (< Anglo-French) < Late Latin contribūtiōn- (stem of contribūtiō). See contribute, -ion
Related forms
contributional, adjective
noncontribution, noun
overcontribution, noun
precontribution, noun
supercontribution, noun
Synonyms
2. gift, donation, benefaction.
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contribution

/ˌkɒntrɪˈbjuːʃən/
noun
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 and History for overcontribution
contribution
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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