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accumulative

[uh-kyoo-myuh-ley-tiv, -luh-tiv]
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  1. tending to accumulate or arising from accumulation; cumulative.
  2. tending to accumulate wealth; acquisitive.
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Origin of accumulative

First recorded in 1645–55; accumulate + -ive
Related formsac·cu·mu·la·tive·ly, adverbac·cu·mu·la·tive·ness, nounnon·ac·cu·mu·la·tive, adjectivenon·ac·cu·mu·la·tive·ly, adverbnon·ac·cu·mu·la·tive·ness, nounun·ac·cu·mu·la·tive, adjectiveun·ac·cu·mu·la·tive·ly, adverbun·ac·cu·mu·la·tive·ness, noun
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Historical Examples

  • The progressive force is accumulative, the resisting force is constant.

    Evolution

    Joseph Le Conte

  • Next: ‘Aia’ is generally an accumulative yet depreciative termination.

  • How well this practical horticulturist appreciates and illustrates the gradual and accumulative force of selection!

  • The result is a sort of accumulative lie, made by successive individual contributions of little dashes of exaggeration.

  • The accumulative forces of centuries are pressing hard upon time present.