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Contribution Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    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
Contribution Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    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.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Contribution'

  • Contribution: Contribution may refer to: Donation Sharing Payment A payment between defendants with joint and several liability to apportion liability. ...
  • Contribution margin: In cost-volume-profit analysis , a form of management accounting , contribution margin is the marginal profit per unit sale. ...
  • Contribution claim (legal): A contribution claim is a claim brought by one or more defendant s to a lawsuit for money damages brought by a plaintiff . ...
  • Charitable contribution: A charitable contribution can refer to: A charitable donation generally. For the US tax law term, see Charitable contribution deductions in ...

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* When you cease to make a contribution you begin to die. - Roosevelt, Eleanor

* What we need to do is learn to work in the system, by which I mean that everybody, every team, every platform, every division, every component is there not for individual competitive profit or recognition, but for contribution to the system as a whole on a win-win basis. - W. Edwards Deming

* The men who create power make an indispensable contribution to the Nations greatness, but the men who question power make a contribution just as indispensable, especially when that questioning is disinterested, for they determine whether we use power or power uses us. - John F. Kennedy

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