Definition of cumulative in English:

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cumulative

Pronunciation: /ˈkyo͞omyələdiv/
Pronunciation: /ˈkyo͞omyəˌlādiv/

adjective

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.
Synonyms
increasing, accumulative, growing, mounting;
collective, aggregate, amassed

Derivatives

cumulativeness

noun
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: cu·mu·la·tive

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