Etymology
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cumulative (adj.)

c. 1600, "formed by adding to, increasing inorganically" (a sense now obsolete), from Latin cumulatus, past participle of cumulare "to heap," from cumulus "heap" (from suffixed form of PIE root *keue- "to swell") + -ive. Meaning "increasing by successive additions" is from 1640s (implied in cumulatively).

updated on June 06, 2018

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Definitions of cumulative from WordNet

cumulative (adj.)
increasing by successive addition;
the benefits are cumulative
Synonyms: accumulative
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