ac·​cu·​mu·​la·​tive | \ ə-ˈkyü-m(y)ə-ˌlā-tiv How to pronounce accumulative (audio) , -lə- How to pronounce accumulative (audio) \

Definition of accumulative

1 : cumulative an age of rapid and accumulative change
2 : tending or given to accumulation

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Other Words from accumulative

accumulatively adverb
accumulativeness noun

Examples of accumulative in a Sentence

The accumulative effect of his injuries forced him to retire. the accumulative effect of all her worries was to seriously undermine her health

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Although the four latest injuries aren’t considered significant, the accumulative impact could be taxing. Jeff Miller,, "Four Angels go on disabled list, giving them 15 on it now," 16 June 2018 The accumulative feeling as people glance at their books piling up on the shelves, however, can have questionable adverse side effects. Leonard Hoffman, The Christian Science Monitor, "Readers write: Author Steve Coll’s work, US and world relations, connections across cultures, the comfort of books," 14 Apr. 2018 Currently to get into Lincoln, a student has to score at or above the 60 percentile in math and reading on a national standardized test, have an accumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 or better and exhibit good citizenship. Mará Rose Williams, kansascity, "Hoping to enroll your child at Lincoln Prep? Chances are better now | The Kansas City Star," 9 Mar. 2018 Using an accumulative point system, the card can shave several dollars off your final bill! Jakob Polaco, kansascity, "Need kimchi kits? Miso? Green tea Kit Kats? Check out this Asian market guide," 31 Jan. 2018 Here in Alaska, our communities are facing health impacts from some of the worst air pollution in the nation and persistent bio-accumulative toxic chemicals that concentrate in our food web. Alaska Dispatch News, "Readers write: Letters to the editor, September 29, 2017," 29 Sep. 2017 In comparison to the more accumulative installations on this list, Dan Webb’s exhibition may seem spare. Gayle Clemans, The Seattle Times, "Can’t get tickets to ‘Infinity Mirrors’ at Seattle Art Museum? Here are 5 other installations to visit," 28 June 2017

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First Known Use of accumulative

1641, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for accumulative

accumulate + -ive

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The first known use of accumulative was in 1641

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English Language Learners Definition of accumulative

: growing or increasing over time

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to take the place or position of

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