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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cu•mu•la•tiveˈkyu myə lə tɪv, -ˌleɪ tɪv(adj.)

  1. increasing or growing by accumulation or successive additions.

  2. formed by or resulting from accumulation or the addition of successive elements.

  3. of or pertaining to interest or dividends that, if not paid when due, become a prior claim for payment in the future.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. accumulative, cumulative(adj)

    increasing by successive addition

    "the benefits are cumulative"; "the eventual accumulative effect of these substances"


  1. cumulative(Adjective)

    Incorporating all data up to the present

  2. cumulative(Adjective)

    That is formed by accumulation of successive additions

  3. cumulative(Adjective)

    That tends to accumulate

  4. cumulative(Adjective)

    Having priority rights to receive a dividend that accrue until paid

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cumulative(adj)

    composed of parts in a heap; forming a mass; aggregated

  2. Cumulative(adj)

    augmenting, gaining, or giving force, by successive additions; as, a cumulative argument, i. e., one whose force increases as the statement proceeds

  3. Cumulative(adj)

    tending to prove the same point to which other evidence has been offered; -- said of evidence

  4. Cumulative(adj)

    given by same testator to the same legatee; -- said of a legacy

Translations for cumulative

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becoming greater by stages or additions

This drug has a cumulative effect.

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