Definition of cumulative in English:


Syllabification: cu·mu·la·tive
Pronunciation: /ˈkyo͞omyələdiv
, ˈkyo͞omyəˌlādiv


Increasing or increased in quantity, degree, or force by successive additions: the cumulative effect of two years of drought
More example sentences
  • Quarter point increases sound harmless, but it is their cumulative effect that causes the pain.
  • Worst of all may be the cumulative or snowball effects on future generations.
  • The effects are cumulative so the more often you fight the more chance you have of being injured.
increasing, accumulative, growing, mounting;
collective, aggregate, amassed



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  • These statements, taken cumulatively, leave no doubt that the founders contemplated judicial nullification of legislation enacted by the states and by Congress.
  • From 2018 through 2041, the trust funds will redeem bonds worth, cumulatively, $11.9 trillion.
  • The methods of protesters have been simple, yet cumulatively potent: lobbying, civil disobedience, peace demonstrations, rallies and prayer vigils.


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  • Findings about an important society may be compared to findings from research in other world areas, thereby contributing to the quest for theoretical cumulativeness.
  • The distinctness and cumulativeness of the knowledge construct are not due to chance.
  • The matrix shows that the cumulativeness of the scale is not perfect, however.

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