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culminative

[kuhl-muh-ney-tiv] /ˈkʌl məˌneɪ tɪv/
adjective, Linguistics.
1.
(of stress or tone accent) serving to indicate the number of independent words or the important points in an utterance by assigning prominence to one syllable in each word or close-knit group of words.
Origin of culminative
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  • Thus is reached the culminative point in the course of the provision for the education of the deaf in America.

    The Deaf Harry Best
  • I have gathered a series of facts illustrative and demonstrative, by their culminative evidence.

  • It was the consensus of opinion that it would be madness to attempt arrest during the culminative ceremonies.

  • The culminative influences of hundreds of generations of civilization spoke in him here.

    Jan A. J. Dawson

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