View synonyms for cyclical


[ sahy-kli-kuhl, sik-li- ]


  1. 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.


  1. Usually cyclicals. stocks of cyclical companies.

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Other Words From

  • cycli·cal·ly adverb
  • cycli·cali·ty noun
  • non·cycli·cal adjective
  • non·cycli·cal·ly adverb
  • pro·cycli·cal adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of cyclical1

First recorded in 1810–20; cyclic + -al 1

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Example Sentences

Meanwhile, the new Candyman takes care to remind us that the violence that gave birth to its titular killer is cyclical.

From Vox

The elements of Candyman that are real are, after all, cyclical.

From Vox

It explores how urgent her episodes are, her self-loathing afterward, and the cyclical nature of her pledging never to do it again—“this is the last time”—only to fall back into old patterns.

He decides to break out of his cyclical life and become the hero himself.

From Time

Either way, Michael Raupp, an entomology professor emeritus at the University of Maryland, College Park, says the cicadas’ massive cyclical emergence makes them fascinating to study.

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Another big factor in the evaporating deficit has been similarly cyclical.

Yet American minimalism, isolationism, realism, mind-our-own-business-ism—whatever you want to call it—is cyclical.

A patchwork of building shells and cratered streets, the city tells of a cyclical war, still smoldering.

Keynes gave us the concept of counter-cyclical investment to get people to work.

In Middlesex history is not just determinative; it is also cyclical.

The Elegies have never before been published as here, together in the cyclical form of their original conception.

A vast preponderance of all the action that takes place around us is cyclical action.

Understanding of the large cyclical forces has continued to elude us.

Feminine education comes and goes, so though in less markedly cyclical fashion does masculine education.

The presence of radionuclides in the atmosphere has provided clues to cyclical movements of biological importance.


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