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Contribution

Money placed in an individual retirement account (IRA), an employer-sponsored retirement plan, or other retirement plan for a particular tax year. Contributions may be deductible or nondeductible, depending on the type of account.

Contribution

Money placed into an annuity or retirement account. Most of the time, contributions are small and are made on a regular basis, especially monthly. Occasionally, however, one may make a large, one-time contribution to purchase the annuity or retirement account. Contributions are combined and invested and, along with any earnings, are eventually repaid to the annuitant or account holder in monthly installments.
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Fig. 26 Contribution. Output and sales of chairs.

contribution

the difference between SALES REVENUE and VARIABLE COSTS. If total contributions are just large enough to cover FIXED COSTS then the producer BREAKS EVEN; if contributions are less than fixed costs the producer makes a LOSS; while if contributions exceed fixed costs then the producer makes a PROFIT. Fig. 26 shows how contributions provide a fund out of which total fixed costs must be paid before any profit is made. See MARGINAL COSTING.

contribution

the difference between a product's SALES REVENUE and its VARIABLE COSTS. If total contributions are just large enough to cover FIXED COSTS then the producer BREAKS EVEN; if contributions are less than fixed costs, the producer makes a LOSS; while if contributions exceed fixed costs then the producer makes a PROFIT. See LOSS MINIMIZATION, MARGINAL COST PRICING.

contribution

(1) An appraisal principle that says the value of an improvement is the amount it adds to the value of the property as a whole,not the value of the improvement standing alone in a void. A backyard workshop in a prestigious neighborhood might not add any value at all and could be considered an eyesore detracting from value, but might be worth $10,000 in a different neighborhood.(2) A legal principle holding that if a judgment is collected against one who was held guilty of negligence,assault,defamation,fraud,or some other tort,then that person may obtain a contribution from others against whom the same judgment was rendered, for their proportionate share of the judgment.Likewise,persons jointly liable for a debt,such as partners or cotenants,are responsible to pay their share to the other if one pays the entire amount.

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He certainly did add `spirit' to the meetings, and `a tone' to the paper, for his orations convulsed his hearers and his contributions were excellent, being patriotic, classical, comical, or dramatic, but never sentimental.
Colbert had formed the idea of forcing governors of frontier places to feed the garrisons without pay, with what they drew from contributions.
Penfentenyou continued to argue about naval contributions till
I put down my mite first; then my young family enrol their contributions, according to their ages and their little means; and then Mr.
The Cretans conducted their public meals better than the Lacedaemonians, for at Lacedsemon each individual was obliged to furnish what was assessed upon him; which if he could not do, there was a law which deprived him of the rights of a citizen, as has been already mentioned: but in Crete they were furnished by the community; for all the corn and cattle, taxes and contributions, which the domestic slaves were obliged to furnish, were divided into parts and allotted to the gods, the exigencies of the state, and these public meals; so that all the men, women, and children were maintained from a common stock.
Because after many appeals to the sympathies of New England, made by strangers of Boston, through the newspapers, and after the establishment of an office there for the reception of moneyed contributions for the Jaffa colonists, One Dollar was subscribed.
Then we would talk of agents and the offers they had obtained for us; of editors and the sort of contributions they welcomed, how much they paid a thousand, and whether they paid promptly or otherwise.
Round they went and round, and every day brought its new contributions, luckless brutes, shattered fragments of boat and flying-machine, endless citizens from the cities upon the shores of the great lakes above.
Miss Davidson again began the work of securing in various ways small contributions for the new building from the white and coloured people in and near Tuskegee.
The one thing that recalled the patriotic fervor everyone had displayed during the Emperor's stay was the call for contributions of men and money, a necessity that as soon as the promises had been made assumed a legal, official form and became unavoidable.
In fact, the Hospital had become an object of intense interest to Bulstrode, and he would willingly have continued to spare a large yearly sum that he might rule it dictatorially without any Board; but he had another favorite object which also required money for its accomplishment: he wished to buy some land in the neighborhood of Middlemarch, and therefore he wished to get considerable contributions towards maintaining the Hospital.
When at last she took me in I grew so fond of her that I called her by the other's name, and even now I think at times that there was more fun in the little sister, but I began by wooing her with contributions that were all misfits.

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