- increasing or growing by accumulation or successive additions: the cumulative effect of one rejection after another.
- formed by or resulting from accumulation or the addition of successive parts or elements.
- of or relating to interest or dividends that, if not paid when due, become a prior claim for payment in the future: cumulative preferred stocks.
Origin of cumulative
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Examples from the Web for cumulative
Of course the participants of the sport are at higher risk for the cumulative effects of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy.The MMA Fighters Have Gone Crazy: ‘Mayhem’ Miller the Latest in a Long Line of Psycho Pugilists
October 10, 2014
Yet the cumulative efforts of this massive force had virtually no impact on the course of the war.Should the Military Pull All Forces Out of Afghanistan After 2014?
Daniel L. Davis
February 28, 2014
In fact, this number represents the cumulative number of deaths in the U.S. from people diagnosed with AIDS, through 2010.
In 2010 the cumulative number of deaths from HIV in the U.S. was 636,048, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Scientists have shown that the impact of repetitive concussions is cumulative--one builds on the other.What's Really Killing Athletes With Concussions?
Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD, Tej Azad
December 26, 2013
Aunt Melissa had lashed herself into a cumulative passion of words.Meadow Grass
Phoebe's indignation was cumulative always, and was now bubbling into wrath.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
The evidence had been cumulative but was no longer questionable.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
From a political standpoint its history is one of cumulative disaster.Chinese Painters
Elfride's emotion was cumulative, and after a while would assert itself on a sudden.A Pair of Blue Eyes
- growing in quantity, strength, or effect by successive additions or gradual stepscumulative pollution
- gained by or resulting from a gradual building upcumulative benefits
- (of preference shares) entitling the holder to receive any arrears of dividend before any dividend is distributed to ordinary shareholders
- (of dividends or interest) intended to be accumulated if not paid when due
- (of a frequency) including all values of a variable either below or above a specified value
- (of error) tending to increase as the sample size is increased
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Word Origin and History for cumulative
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Increasing or enlarging by successive addition.
- Acquired by or resulting from accumulation.
- Of or relating to the sum of the frequencies of experimentally determined values of a random variable that are less than or equal to a specified value.
- Of or relating to experimental error that increases in magnitude with each successive measurement.
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