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cyclical

[sahy-kli-kuh l, sik-li-]
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adjective
  1. cyclic.
  2. of or denoting a business or stock whose income, value, or earnings fluctuate widely according to variations in the economy or the cycle of the seasons: Selling Christmas decorations is a cyclical business.
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noun
  1. Usually cyclicals. stocks of cyclical companies.
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Origin of cyclical

First recorded in 1810–20; cyclic + -al1
Related formscy·cli·cal·ly, adverbcy·cli·cal·i·ty, nounnon·cy·cli·cal, adjectivenon·cy·cli·cal·ly, adverbpro·cy·cli·cal, adjective
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Examples from the Web for cyclical

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Historical Examples

  • That – and the belief that history is cyclical and that there is always hope.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

  • So, again, the law of cyclical movement is equally conspicuous here.

    Evolution

    Joseph Le Conte

  • As indubitably it was created in some stage of its cyclical life-history.

    Omphalos

    Philip Henry Gosse

  • The life of the individual consists of a series of processes which are cyclical.

    Omphalos

    Philip Henry Gosse

  • The life of the species consists of a series of processes which are cyclical.

    Omphalos

    Philip Henry Gosse


Word Origin and History for cyclical

adj.

1817, from cyclic + -al (1).

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