• 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
The steady, cumulating influences of the whole atmosphere of civic life must lead to a slow but persistent change.
"Psychology and Social Sanity" by Hugo Münsterberg
But all the events on the lonely island are admirably harmonized and have a cumulative effect.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern — Volume 11" by Various
It is an insinuating and insidious ailment and its progress is cumulative.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol. 3 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
Malachy's death is cumulative.
"St. Bernard of Clairvaux's Life of St. Malachy of Armagh" by H. J. Lawlor
Again she begins the scene, and yet again, with cumulative passion.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
There was no escaping the cumulative and strengthening effect of circumstance built upon circumstance.
"The Tempering" by Charles Neville Buck
Force of character may be cumulative, and six months may not be a very long time in which to accumulate it.
"The Claw" by Cynthia Stockley
The cumulation of all these passionate antagonisms would only make him the more desperate, she knew.
"The Chalice Of Courage" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
Do you know what is meant by 'cumulative repression?
"The Cassowary" by Stanley Waterloo
It's took years to 'cumulate.
"Kipps" by H. G. Wells

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.
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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
It corresponds to the cumulative with loop (CL) relations of .
Connectives in Quantum and other Cumulative Logics
Nonmonotonic reasoning, preferential models and cumulative logics.
Connectives in Quantum and other Cumulative Logics
But the cumulated label distributions satisfies bλ[W ] k = ˆhk (wW ) and bΛ[U ] k = ˆhk (wU ) so that Lemma 2 gives the second statement of Theorem 2.
Random Planar Lattices and Integrated SuperBrownian Excursion
As is well-known , zero-temperature power-counting shows that all S (k) for k > 2 are irrelevant, and the second cumulant R(Φ − Φ′ ) is marginally relevant just below d = 4.
Field theory of statics and dynamics of glasses: rare events and barrier distributions
Cumulative number of supernovae per solar mass of stars formed versus time since the star formation episode, using power-law fits of Lia et al. 2002 and assuming a Salpeter IMF.
The impact of galaxy formation on X-ray groups
The cumulants provide such exact relationships on f n∗ .
Broad distribution effects in sums of lognormal random variables
The second step, improving eq. (52), consists in combining eq. (52) with a cumulant constraint.
Broad distribution effects in sums of lognormal random variables
S t n , but this is not possible with cumulants.
Broad distribution effects in sums of lognormal random variables
S t n , i.e., the cumulants of lowest order: hSn i and var (Sn ).
Broad distribution effects in sums of lognormal random variables
However, many studies were done on the estimated cumulative emission from discrete sources with previous X-ray satellites (Kim, Fabbiano, & Trinchieri 1992; Matsumoto et al. 1997; Irwin & Sarazin 1998).
X-ray Source Population in the Elliptical Galaxy NGC 720 with Chandra