Contributory negligence
Contributory Con*trib"u*to*ry, a. Contributing to the same stock or purpose; promoting the same end; bringing assistance to some joint design, or increase to some common stock; contributive. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Bonfires of contributory wood. --Chapman. [1913 Webster]

{Contributory negligence} (Law), negligence by an injured party, which combines with the negligence of the injurer in producing the injury, and which bars recovery when it is the proximate cause of the injury. --Wharton. [1913 Webster]


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