(?), n. [L. contributio: cf. F. contribution.] 1. The act of contributing.
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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.
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A certain contribution for the poor saints which are at jerusalem.
Rom. xv. 26.
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Aristotle's actual contributions to the physical sciences.
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3. (Mil.) An irregular and arbitrary imposition or tax leved on the people of a town or country.
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These sums, . . . and the forced contributions paid by luckless peasants, enabled him to keep his straggling troops together.
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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.
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