ac·​cre·​tive | \ ə-ˈkrē-tiv How to pronounce accretive (audio) \

Definition of accretive

: relating to or characterized by accretion : produced by or growing by a series of additions of identical or similar things an accretive process accretive crystals [=crystals formed by accretion] Companies need to be able to issue stock at high prices to fund acquisitions that are accretive to earnings.— Bethany McLean To [Ben] Zobrist, an ideal clubhouse is one where you can't tell whether a team has lost or won four games in a row. That's possible because of the steady, accretive cadence of baseball, a sport in which alternating games of no hits and three hits will win you a batting title.— Bruce Schoenfeld

First Known Use of accretive

1661, in the meaning defined above

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“Accretive.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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