contribution
con·tri·bu·tion n
1: payment of a share of an amount for which one is liable: as
a: shared payment of a judgment by joint tortfeasors esp. according to proportional fault compare apportion a
b: pro rata apportionment of loss among all the insurance policies covering the same person or property compare indemnity
2: the money paid by one responsible for a share
3: payment to a common fund (as by an employer or employee to an insurance plan or retirement fund)

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

contribution
I (donation) noun alms, assistance, award, benefaction, benefit, bequest, bestowal, bestowment of a share, bonus, boon, bounty, charity, conferment, conferre, contribuere, dispensation, endowment, generosity, gift, grant, grant of a share, gratuity, honorarium, lagniappe, largesse, offering, present, presentation, provision, remembrance, subsidy, subvention, succor, sustenance, tribute II (indemnification) noun compensation, guerdon, indemnity, need, offsetting, paying back, payment, quittance, reckoning, recompense, redress, reimbursement, remuneration, reparation, repayment, requital, requitement, restitution, restoration, return, satisfaction, substitution associated concepts: contribution among joint tort feasors, subrogation III (participation) noun abetment, aid, alliance, assistance, association, coaction, coalition, collaboration, collusion, combination, complicity, comradeship, concert, confederation, consent, cooperation, coordination, encouragement, federation, fellowship, harmony, help, interest, league, partnership, pool, shareholding, sharing, teamwork, union associated concepts: accumulated contributions, contributing to the injury, contribution to capital, contributory fault, contributory infringer, contributory negligence, indemnity IV index appropriation (donation), behalf, benefit (conferment), charity, collection (payment), donation, endowment, gift (present), gratuity (present), help, largess (gift), subsidy, support (assistance), tip (gratuity)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


contribution
n.
A payment of a portion of a liability recovery by one who shares liability, especially among insurers; the doctrine that allows someone who has already paid a judgment to recover part of the amount from another party who is also liable.
adj.
contributory

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


contribution
1) The sharing of a loss or discharging of a debt by several persons who may be jointly responsible. Under partnership law, for example, if one partner pays a judgment made against the partnership, that partner may seek contributions from the other partners.
2) A donation to a charitable organization for which no consideration is sought in return.
Category: Business, LLCs & Corporations → LLCs, Corporations, Partnerships, etc.

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

contribution
In the context of insurance, the principal or policy clause governing the manner in which the costs of claims arising on risks covered by two or more policies are shared between the insurers concerned.

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.


contribution
n.
1 The right of a debtor who has paid the entirety of a debt owed by her and others to recover the others' proportionate share of the debt.
2 The right of a joint tortfeasor who has paid more than her proportionate share of a judgment to recover the amount in excess of her share from the other tortfeasors.
3 The right of a joint tortfeasor to demand that the other tortfeasors supply their proportionate share of what is required to compensate the injured party.
4 A payment made by a co-debtor or joint tortfeasor of her proportionate share of what is due.
See also indemnity.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


contribution
In maritime law, where the property of one of several parties with interests in a vessel and cargo has been voluntarily sacrificed for the common safety of the vessel—as by casting goods overboard to lighten the vessel—such loss must be made up by the contribution of the others, which is labeled "general average." In civil law, a partition by which the creditors of an insolvent debtor divide among themselves the proceeds of the debtor's property in proportion to the amount of their respective credits. The right of a defendant who has paid an entire debt, or common liability, to recoup a proportionate share of the payment from another defendant who is equally responsible for the payment of that debt or liability.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


contribution
In maritime law, where the property of one of several parties with interests in a vessel and cargo has been voluntarily sacrificed for the common safety of the vessel—as by casting goods overboard to lighten the vessel—such loss must be made up by the contribution of the others, which is labeled "general average." In civil law, a partition by which the creditors of an insolvent debtor divide among themselves the proceeds of the debtor's property in proportion to the amount of their respective credits. The right of a defendant who has paid an entire debt, or common liability, to recoup a proportionate share of the payment from another defendant who is equally responsible for the payment of that debt or liability.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

contribution
n.
   1) donation to a charity or political campaign.
   2) the sharing of a loss by each of several persons who may have been jointly responsible for injury to a third party, who entered into a business which lost money or who owe a debt jointly. Quite often this arises when one responsible party pays more than his share and then demands contribution from the others in proportion to their share of the obligation. Example: three partners own equal shares in a building from which a cornice falls and injures Bobby Hardhat. One partner pays the demand of $9,000 for Hardhat's injury; he is entitled to a contribution of $3,000 from each of his partners.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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