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cyclical

[sahy-kli-kuh l, sik-li-] /ˈsaɪ klɪ kəl, ˈsɪk lɪ-/
adjective
1.
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.
noun
3.
Usually, cyclicals. stocks of cyclical companies.
Origin of cyclical
1810-1820
First recorded in 1810-20; cyclic + -al1
Related forms
cyclically, adverb
cyclicality, noun
noncyclical, adjective
noncyclically, adverb
procyclical, adjective
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  • 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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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