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1. accumulative, cumulative

increasing by successive addition

Example Sentences:
'the benefits are cumulative'
'the eventual accumulative effect of these substances'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of cumulative
growing in quantity, strength, or effect by successive additions or gradual steps
cumulative pollution
gained by or resulting from a gradual building up
cumulative benefits
3. finance
(of preference shares) entitling the holder to receive any arrears of dividend before any dividend is distributed to ordinary shareholders
(of dividends or interest) intended to be accumulated if not paid when due
4. statistics
(of a frequency) including all values of a variable either below or above a specified value
(of error) tending to increase as the sample size is increased

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see synonyms of cumulative
increasing in effect, size, quantity, etc. by successive additions; accumulated
cumulative interest
taking successive additions into account
a cumulative average
designating or of preferred stock that pays regular dividends which, if not paid on the scheduled date, accumulate and take priority over dividend payments to other classes of the company's stock
4.  Law
designating additional evidence that gives support to earlier evidence

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see synonyms of cumulative
1. Increasing or enlarging by successive addition.
2. Acquired by or resulting from accumulation.
3. Of or relating to interest or a dividend that is added to the next payment if not paid when due.
4. Law
a. Supporting the same point as earlier evidence: cumulative evidence.
b. Imposed with greater severity upon a repeat offender: cumulative punishment.
c. Following successively; consecutive: cumulative sentences.
5. Statistics
a. Of or relating to the total observed frequency of data, or the probability of a random variable, that is less than or equal to a specified value.
b. Of or relating to experimental error that increases in magnitude with each successive measurement.

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