Definition of cumulative in English:



  • Increasing or increased in quantity, degree, or force by successive additions.

    ‘the cumulative effect of two years of drought’
    • ‘Although the journey times for most people are going to be short, this is a cumulative damage.’
    • ‘As you can see, it shows the cumulative post totals of the three of us for the year thus far.’
    • ‘That said, there are problems that I believe stem from a cumulative lack of confidence.’
    • ‘Data points are cumulative and useful when you have a frame of reference to plug them into.’
    • ‘The effects are cumulative so the more often you fight the more chance you have of being injured.’
    • ‘Worst of all may be the cumulative or snowball effects on future generations.’
    • ‘The winners were judged on the basis of the corporate goal of cumulative profit after tax.’
    • ‘How long would it be before both offers amounted to the same cumulative total?’
    • ‘People of these races raised themselves under a system of cumulative incentives to responsibility.’
    • ‘Inclusion of later years into the cumulative lifespan measure diluted the effect.’
    • ‘The game ends when either team's cumulative score reaches 500 points or more.’
    • ‘In the first seven months of the fiscal year the cumulative figure was £24 billion.’
    • ‘What has not been reported is that the amount is cumulative over a number of years.’
    • ‘Lead is a cumulative poison: the body mistakes it for calcium and uses it to make bone, so that large amounts build up.’
    • ‘The trouble is, even taking cuttings is a theft - and the cumulative damage can be considerable.’
    • ‘The cumulative rewards can be lucrative, and the experience can change lives.’
    • ‘These effects can usually be avoided by estimating and controlling the cumulative oxygen dose.’
    • ‘Quarter point increases sound harmless, but it is their cumulative effect that causes the pain.’
    • ‘I wish they'd just give a little bit more so that you got the sense of a cumulative awareness.’
    • ‘Like in real life, the effects are cumulative and so combinations might result in different effects.’
    increasing, accumulative, accumulating, growing, progressive, accruing, snowballing, mounting
    collective, aggregate, amassed
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