- 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 cumulatively
However, a series of “moderately problematic” provocations can, cumulatively, become a real crisis.Netanyahu Must Rein in Extremists in Coalition, or Risk Derailing Peace Talks
Daniel Seidemann, Lara Friedman
August 28, 2013
Yet each new book has a print run of 25,000 and, cumulatively, the books have sold more than 200 million copies.The Books Powerful Women Love
April 27, 2010
Two years of war had cumulatively desensitized them to thrills.My Second Year of the War
Cumulatively upon these conditions of despair, she began to wonder what the deuce this bally coot meant to do with her!The Shriek
Swiftly, cumulatively as with every intense nature impressions reproduce, this one augmented.Where the Trail Divides
The criteria are primarily of versification; then, successively and cumulatively, of diction and mental habit.Francis Beaumont: Dramatist
Charles Mills Gayley
- 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 cumulatively
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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