ac·​cu·​mu·​la·​tive ə-ˈkyü-m(y)ə-ˌlā-tiv How to pronounce accumulative (audio) -lə- How to pronounce accumulative (audio)
: cumulative
an age of rapid and accumulative change
: tending or given to accumulation
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 Therein lies the trick of this novel, its slow magic wrought through small, accumulative moments. Isaac Fitzgerald, New York Times, 4 June 2023 There is not an accumulative effect here. Dallas News, 16 Jan. 2023 In fact, the accumulative effect can be profound. Arne Van Damme, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 The past 50 years of market data show that the average one-year S&P 500 index return after the above-average peak inflation is 17% and the average three-year S&P 500 index accumulative return after the above-average peak inflation is 46%. Megan Leonhardt, Fortune, 28 Mar. 2023 The third-year wideout has had a trying season thus far, and through it all, he’s been wildly productive — even if the accumulative stats don’t show it. Andrew Gillis, cleveland, 28 Sep. 2022 These are long-lasting, accumulative chemicals that pollute the Caribbean, according to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). Melissa Noel, Essence, 3 Oct. 2022 The effect is accumulative and devastating, and the memoir’s many pieces add up to an inventive reckoning with cultural silence. The Atlantic Culture Desk, The Atlantic, 5 Aug. 2022 The accumulative credits of 750,000 have a net worth of $350 million which exceeds half of the net profit of BYD. Earl Carr, Forbes, 1 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History


accumulate + -ive

First Known Use

1641, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of accumulative was in 1641

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“Accumulative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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