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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
Recent Examples on the Web Jakarta, Indonesia’s current capital, is sinking under accumulative pressures. Washington Post, "Myanmar’s military built a new capital as a haven for power. Other countries have tried that, too.," 6 Feb. 2021 The five heaviest bass each day count toward the anglers' accumulative total. Matt Williams, Dallas News, "Big day for bass pros with Angler of the Year on the line as the best meet at Lake Fork," 24 Oct. 2020 The health ministry said that its accumulative caseload since the start of the pandemic reached 1,005,295 after reporting 16,973 more cases in the past 24 hours. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus updates: 'Witch City' announces stricter Halloween guidelines; San Quentin ordered to cut prison population; Spain tops 1M cases," 22 Oct. 2020 The health ministry said that its accumulative case load since the start of the pandemic reached 1,005,295 after reporting 16,973 more cases in the past 24 hours. Joseph Wilson, Star Tribune, "Spain 1st in western Europe to hit 1 million virus cases," 21 Oct. 2020 For a book so interested in synthesis, itemizations of this sort abound, many of them traceable to Whitman’s own rolling, accumulative lines. The New Yorker, "What We’re Reading This Summer," 7 June 2020 Eligibility requirements are earning all As in the student’s Polaris program, maintaining a 95% or higher attendance rate and at least a 3.0 accumulative grade point average. cleveland, "Pantry at All Saints helps those in need cope with coronavirus crisis: Sun Postings," 27 Apr. 2020 The death toll in Italy jumped by 28 over the past 24 hours to 107, the Civil Protection Agency said on Wednesday, while the accumulative number of cases jumped to 3,090, up from 2,502 on Tuesday. NBC News, "VP Pence is heading to Washington state," 4 Mar. 2020 The shift also helped make the Hong Kong stock exchange the world leader in IPOs last year, with 135 companies raising an accumulative $36.5 billion. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Amid Protests, Hong Kong’s Stock Exchange May Lose Chance at Alibaba Listing—Again," 21 Aug. 2019

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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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21 Feb 2021

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“Accumulative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of accumulative

: growing or increasing over time

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