cumulative cu‧mu‧la‧tive [ˈkjuːmjlətɪv ǁ -leɪtɪv] adjective
increasing gradually and having a greater effect as more is added over a period of time:

• The state is already saddled with a cumulative deficit of about $73 million.

• The company faces cumulative losses approaching $7 billion.

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cumulative UK US /ˈkjuːmjələtɪv/ adjective
increasing by one addition after another, and including all the amounts that have been added before: »

The cumulative effect of using so many chemicals on the land could be disastrous.


The company estimated the net cumulative loss would be $26 million.


I've long believed that the cumulative wisdom of investors can tell us volumes about the future economic environment.

cumulatively /ˈkjuːmjʊlətɪvli/ US  /-ṱɪv-/ adverb

The states have budget shortfalls cumulatively totalling $300 billion.

Financial and business terms. 2012.


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  • cumulative — cu·mu·la·tive / kyü myə lə tiv, ˌlā / adj 1: increasing by successive additions 2: tending to prove the same point cumulative testimony 3: following in time Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster …   Law dictionary

  • cumulative — cumulative, accumulative, additive, summative are comparable when meaning increasing or produced by the addition of like or assimilable things. Something is cumulative which is constantly increasing or is capable of constant increase (as in size …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • cumulative — cumulative, accumulative are both used in the meaning ‘formed or increasing by successive additions’, although cumulative is now more usual (as in cumulative arguments, effect, evidence, force, etc.). Accumulative is however still found, (there… …   Modern English usage

  • cumulative — [kyo͞o′myə lə tiv΄; ] occas. [, kyo͞o′myəlāt΄iv] adj. [see CUMULATE] 1. increasing in effect, size, quantity, etc. by successive additions; accumulated [cumulative interest] 2. taking successive additions into account [a cumulative average] 3.… …   English World dictionary

  • cumulative — (adj.) c.1600, from L. cumulatus, pp. of cumulare to heap, from cumulus heap (see CUMULUS (Cf. cumulus)) + IVE (Cf. ive) …   Etymology dictionary

  • cumulative — [adj] accruing; growing in size or effect accumulative, additive, additory, advancing, aggregate, amassed, augmenting, chain, collective, heaped, heightening, increasing, increscent, intensifying, magnifying, multiplying, snowballing*, summative; …   New thesaurus

  • cumulative — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ increasing or increased by successive additions. DERIVATIVES cumulatively adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • cumulative — adjective Date: 1605 1. a. made up of accumulated parts b. increasing by successive additions 2. tending to prove the same point < cumulative evidence > 3. a. taking effect upon completion of another penal sentence …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cumulative — adj. 1 a increasing or increased in amount, force, etc., by successive additions (cumulative evidence). b formed by successive additions (learning is a cumulative process). 2 Stock Exch. (of shares) entitling holders to arrears of interest before …   Useful english dictionary

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