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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Contribution  \Con`tri*bu"tion\,  n.  [L.  contributio:  cf  F. 
  contribution.] 
  1.  The  act  of  contributing. 
 
  2.  That  which  is  contributed;  --  either  the  portion  which  an 
  individual  furnishes  to  the  common  stock,  or  the  whole 
  which  is  formed  by  the  gifts  of  individuals. 
 
  A  certain  contribution  for  the  poor  saints  which  are 
  at  jerusalem.  --Rom.  xv  26. 
 
  Aristotle's  actual  contributions  to  the  physical 
  sciences.  --Whewell. 
 
  3.  (Mil.)  An  irregular  and  arbitrary  imposition  or  tax  leved 
  on  the  people  of  a  town  or  country. 
 
  These  sums,  .  .  .  and  the  forced  contributions  paid 
  by  luckless  peasants,  enabled  him  to  keep  his 
  straggling  troops  together.  --Motley. 
 
  4.  (Law)  Payment,  by  each  of  several  jointly  liable,  of  a 
  share  in  a  loss  suffered  or  an  amount  paid  by  one  of  their 
  number  for  the  common  benefit. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  contribution 
  n  1:  any  one  of  a  number  of  individual  efforts  in  a  common 
  endeavor:  "I  am  proud  of  my  contribution  to  the  team's 
  success";  "they  all  did  their  share  of  the  work"  [syn:  {part}, 
  {share}] 
  2:  a  voluntary  gift  (as  of  money  or  service  or  ideas)  made  to 
  some  worthwhile  cause  [syn:  {donation}] 
  3:  act  of  giving  in  common  with  others  for  a  common  purpose 
  especially  to  a  charity  [syn:  {donation}] 
  4:  an  amount  of  money  contributed;  "he  expected  his 
  contribution  to  be  repaid  with  interest" 
  5:  a  writing  for  publication  especially  one  of  a  collection  of 
  writings  as  an  article  or  story 




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