Meaning of CUMULATIVE in English


I. ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷lə]d.iv, -ˌlā], ]tiv, -ēv adjective

1. : increasing in size or strength by successive additions without corresponding loss

the cumulative effect of small daily doses

a cumulative weight of evidence


a. of evidence : tending to prove the same point to which other evidence has been offered

b. of a legacy : given by the same testator to the same legatee

3. criminal law

a. of a sentence : to be carried into effect after the convict has suffered a punishment to which he has already been sentenced

b. of a penalty : increasing in severity with repetition of the offense


a. of preferred dividends or contingent interest : to be added if not paid when due to the next payment or a future payment

b. of stock : bearing such a dividend

5. : formed by the addition of new material of the same kind as that already collected

cumulative record

specifically : having reference to or prepared according to a system whereby additional entries for books or periodical articles are integrated in a later issue of a printed index to maintain the original order of arrangement (as alphabetically by subject)

cumulative book index in the reference library

6. : copulative I 1a

• cu·mu·la·tive·ly -ə̇vlē, -li\ adverb

II. adjective

: summing or integrating over all data or values of a random variable less than or less than or equal to a specified value

cumulative normal distribution

cumulative frequency distribution

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