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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.
noun
  1. Usually cyclicals. stocks of cyclical companies.

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 cyclicality

Historical Examples

  • These actions will diminish the cyclicality of the housing industry.

    Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to 2006

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Word Origin and History for cyclicality

cyclical

adj.

1817, from cyclic + -al (1).

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