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This word is also in the group 100 IELTS Words.
  • increasing or increased in quantity, degree, or force by successive additions.
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Worst of all may be the cumulative or snowball effects on future generations.

Like in real life, the effects are cumulative and so combinations might result in different effects.

Lead is a cumulative poison: the body mistakes it for calcium and uses it to make bone, so that large amounts build up.

How long would it be before both offers amounted to the same cumulative total?

I wish they’d just give a little bit more so that you got the sense of a cumulative awareness.

People of these races raised themselves under a system of cumulative incentives to responsibility.

The game ends when either team’s cumulative score reaches 500 points or more.

The effects are cumulative so the more often you fight the more chance you have of being injured.

The cumulative rewards can be lucrative, and the experience can change lives.

The trouble is, even taking cuttings is a theft - and the cumulative damage can be considerable.

What has not been reported is that the amount is cumulative over a number of years.

Quarter point increases sound harmless, but it is their cumulative effect that causes the pain.

These effects can usually be avoided by estimating and controlling the cumulative oxygen dose.

The winners were judged on the basis of the corporate goal of cumulative profit after tax.

That said, there are problems that I believe stem from a cumulative lack of confidence.

In the first seven months of the fiscal year the cumulative figure was £24 billion.

As you can see, it shows the cumulative post totals of the three of us for the year thus far.

Although the journey times for most people are going to be short, this is a cumulative damage.

Inclusion of later years into the cumulative lifespan measure diluted the effect.

Data points are cumulative and useful when you have a frame of reference to plug them into.

Findings about an important society may be compared to findings from research in other world areas, thereby contributing to the quest for theoretical cumulativeness.

The matrix shows that the cumulativeness of the scale is not perfect, however.

On the other hand, the tendency within the field that each tradition and even each researcher creates an idiosyncratic “artificial economic world” is criticised; instead the advantages of some degree of cumulativeness in evolutionary economic modelling is emphasised in different ways.

In one such dubious case, the firm had to pony up $84 million - more money than the company had cumulatively made in its history.

One of its main defects is the lack of cumulativeness - the feature so natural for “normal” scientific fields of research.

From 2018 through 2041, the trust funds will redeem bonds worth, cumulatively, $11.9 trillion.

The methods of protesters have been simple, yet cumulatively potent: lobbying, civil disobedience, peace demonstrations, rallies and prayer vigils.

None of these things in themselves have government-changing significance, but cumulatively it might be different provided that certain preconditions exist.

These statements, taken cumulatively, leave no doubt that the founders contemplated judicial nullification of legislation enacted by the states and by Congress.

The distinctness and cumulativeness of the knowledge construct are not due to chance.