Definition of cumulative adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkjuːmjələtɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkjuːmjəleɪtɪv//
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  1. 1having a result that increases in strength or importance each time more of something is added the cumulative effect of human activity on the world environment The evolution of human life was a gradual, cumulative process.
  2. 2including all the amounts that have been added previously the monthly sales figures and the cumulative total for the past six months
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cumulative