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Definition increased by a series of additions over time
  • The benefits are cumulative.
cumulative = increase through a series of additions over time
  • Not one of her actions was so terrible by itself, but she was fired because of her cumulative record of small infractions.
  • cumulative = enlarged by a series of additions over time
  • At my company, sick days are not cumulative. They say "Thank you," but you lose days you do not use by the end of the year.
  • cumulative = increased by a series of additions over time
  • So, at the age of twelve, I had my name entered four times. Once, because I had to, and three times for tesserae for grain and oil for myself, Prim, and my mother. In fact, every year I have needed to do this. And the entries are cumulative. So now, at the age of sixteen, my name will be in the reaping twenty times.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • cumulative = added to the total each time
  • The "Total" column represents their cumulative classroom learning from all five years of elementary school.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • It was cumulative injury, so each bang was tolerable.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • The cumulative cost was ridiculous, and Alex tried to make them last by insisting they do other things as well.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Safe Haven
  • If it's finely calculated the cumulative effect is enormous."
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • It was the cumulative effect of several sleepless nights.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • Tendinitis and cumulative trauma disorders are also quite common.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • But the cumulative effect of those spots ... it's like watching Jimmy Carter saying, "I'll never lie to you".'
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • He had a cumulative GPA of 1.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • It does not matter how small the sins are provided that their cumulative effect is to edge the man away from the Light and out into the Nothing.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • Cumulatively, these bites aroused him and enraged him, goaded him.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • Cumulatively, it seemed like a lot of dishonesty, enough so that I found myself wanting to keep my word whenever possible.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • The sorrowful demeanor, the tremolo music, the long, explanatory, cumulative addresses, all were there.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • I have as yet little to report, but as the methods I am employing are gradual and cumulative in their effects, I did not expect rapid results.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • None of these misreadings is very gross in itself, but their cumulative effect is to exaggerate the psychological incoherence of the play.
    George Orwell  --  Lear, Tolstoy and the Fool
  • The force of character is cumulative.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • What he desires is to absorb as many lives as he can, and he has laid himself out to achieve it in a cumulative way.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula

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