• WordNet 3.6
    • adj cumulative increasing by successive addition "the benefits are cumulative","the eventual accumulative effect of these substances"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cumulative Augmenting, gaining, or giving force, by successive additions; as, a cumulative argument, i. e., one whose force increases as the statement proceeds. "The argument . . . is in very truth not logical and single, but moral and cumulative ."
    • Cumulative Composed of parts in a heap; forming a mass; aggregated. "As for knowledge which man receiveth by teaching, it is cumulative , not original."
    • Cumulative (Law) Given by same testator to the same legatee; -- said of a legacy.
    • Cumulative (Law) Tending to prove the same point to which other evidence has been offered; -- said of evidence.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • cumulative Adding to; increasing the mass, weight, number, extent, amount, or force of (things of the same kind): as, cumulative materials; cumulative arguments or testimony. See below.
    • cumulative Increasing by successive additions: as, the cumulative action of a force.
    • cumulative Composed of aggregated parts; composite; brought together by degrees.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Cumulative increasing by successive additions
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    “Success action is cumulative in its results.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. cumulatif,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. cumulāre, -ātumcumulus, a heap.


In literature:

The action of the force of attraction of the great tongues is cumulative.
"Anticipations" by Herbert George Wells
Cumulative Preference Shares since July 1, 1890.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman
But perhaps Mr. B. has his own meaning of logical terms, such as "proposition": he certainly has his own meaning of "cumulative.
"A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume I (of II)" by Augustus De Morgan
All the tickler features are cumulative, Gussy.
"The Creature from Cleveland Depths" by Fritz Reuter Leiber
And I would learn from Peter's denial the cumulative power of sins.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
Naturally, it was not; it was a cumulation, an apex.
"The Best Short Stories of 1919" by Various
The audience ended by fairly roaring under the cumulative effect of absurdity.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
The effect becomes cumulative; he tries to hold up his machine, and he has stalled.
"Opportunities in Aviation" by Arthur Sweetser
A cumulative destiny to bake was upon him, and he loved baking with all his heart.
"A Romance Of Tompkins Square" by Thomas A. Janvier
It is cumulative in its effect.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden

In poetry:

Such a lot of paste
And twine it took, and wrapping or daily paper,
And twists for its tail, lest it cut too great a caper
Up in the cumulous, out in the bellying, buoying air. . . .
Now it hangs there!
"Kites" by William Rose Benet

In news:

Series PD2A inline air flow sensors feature integral or remote digital display to show cumulative or real-time flow rates in air compressors.
Stress like that is cumulative.
Cumulative stakes winners includes all countries.
Cash Dividend On The Way From Apartment Investment & Management's Class Z Cumulative Preferred Stock.
Ex-Div Reminder for Homeowners Choice Series A Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock.
Administration Directs Agencies to Weigh ' Cumulative ' Burden of Regs.
Administration directs agencies to weigh ' cumulative ' burden of regs.
OMB tells agencies to measure cumulative effects of regs.
Apple and Google Each Top 10 Billion Cumulative App Downloads in 2011.
Microsoft released a cumulative update package for Lync 2010 with several bug fixes.
According to Microsoft, this cumulative update fixes the following issues.
Vacations Have No Cumulative Effect.
Long Distance Runner-The Fire of Cumulative Hours.
Science is a cumulative endeavor.
Latest cumulative snowfall map showing most of the United States not covered in snow.

In science:

Then, the relation ∼ is a cumulative relation in the sense of .
Connectives in Quantum and other Cumulative Logics
By Theorem 5, a′ ∈ C (a) and, by Cumulativity, C (a) = C (a, a′ ).
Connectives in Quantum and other Cumulative Logics
If a ∼ b, by Cumulativity C (a) = C (a, b) and a ∼ b′ .
Connectives in Quantum and other Cumulative Logics
Assume b ∈ C (a), then, by Cumulativity, C (a) = C (a, b).
Connectives in Quantum and other Cumulative Logics
Theorem 8 If ∼ is a cumulative relation, then there is an operation C that satisfies Weak-Compactness, Inclusion, Cumulativity, ∧-R, ¬-R1 and ¬-R2 such that b ∈ C (a) iff a ∼ b.
Connectives in Quantum and other Cumulative Logics