[ sahy-kli-kuh l, sik-li- ]
/ ˈsaɪ klɪ kəl, ˈsɪk lɪ- /


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.


Usually cyclicals. stocks of cyclical companies.

Nearby words

  1. cyclic compound,
  2. cyclic gmp,
  3. cyclic neutropenia,
  4. cyclic pitch lever,
  5. cyclic shift,
  6. cyclical unemployment,
  7. cyclically,
  8. cyclicity,
  9. cyclicotomy,
  10. cycling

Origin of cyclical

First recorded in 1810–20; cyclic + -al1

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for cyclicality



1817, from cyclic + -al (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper