Cumulative vote
Cumulative Cu"mu*la*tive (k?"m?-l?-t?v), a. [Cf. F. cumulatif.] [1913 Webster] 1. Composed of parts in a heap; forming a mass; aggregated. ``As for knowledge which man receiveth by teaching, it is cumulative, not original.'' --Bacon [1913 Webster]

2. Augmenting, gaining, or giving force, by successive additions; as, a cumulative argument, i. e., one whose force increases as the statement proceeds. [1913 Webster]

The argument . . . is in very truth not logical and single, but moral and cumulative. --Trench. [1913 Webster]

3. (Law) (a) Tending to prove the same point to which other evidence has been offered; -- said of evidence. (b) Given by same testator to the same legatee; -- said of a legacy. --Bouvier. --Wharton. [1913 Webster]

{Cumulative action} (Med.), that action of certain drugs, by virtue of which they produce, when administered in small doses repeated at considerable intervals, the same effect as if given in a single large dose.

{Cumulative poison}, a poison the action of which is cumulative.

{Cumulative vote} or {Cumulative system of voting} (Politics), that system which allows to each voter as many votes as there are persons to be voted for, and permits him to accumulate these votes upon one person, or to distribute them among the candidates as he pleases. [1913 Webster]


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  • Cumulative vote — Vote Vote, n. [L. votum a vow, wish, will, fr. vovere, votum, to vow: cf. F. vote. See {Vow}.] [1913 Webster] 1. An ardent wish or desire; a vow; a prayer. [Obs.] Massinger. [1913 Webster] 2. A wish, choice, or opinion, of a person or a body of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cumulative vote — noun an election in which each person has as many votes as there are positions to be filled and they can all be cast for one candidate or can be distributed in any manner • Hypernyms: ↑election * * * cumulative vote noun A system by which a voter …   Useful english dictionary

  • Vote — Vote, n. [L. votum a vow, wish, will, fr. vovere, votum, to vow: cf. F. vote. See {Vow}.] [1913 Webster] 1. An ardent wish or desire; a vow; a prayer. [Obs.] Massinger. [1913 Webster] 2. A wish, choice, or opinion, of a person or a body of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cumulative — Cu mu*la*tive (k? m? l? t?v), a. [Cf. F. cumulatif.] [1913 Webster] 1. Composed of parts in a heap; forming a mass; aggregated. As for knowledge which man receiveth by teaching, it is cumulative, not original. Bacon [1913 Webster] 2. Augmenting,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cumulative action — Cumulative Cu mu*la*tive (k? m? l? t?v), a. [Cf. F. cumulatif.] [1913 Webster] 1. Composed of parts in a heap; forming a mass; aggregated. As for knowledge which man receiveth by teaching, it is cumulative, not original. Bacon [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cumulative poison — Cumulative Cu mu*la*tive (k? m? l? t?v), a. [Cf. F. cumulatif.] [1913 Webster] 1. Composed of parts in a heap; forming a mass; aggregated. As for knowledge which man receiveth by teaching, it is cumulative, not original. Bacon [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cumulative system of voting — Cumulative Cu mu*la*tive (k? m? l? t?v), a. [Cf. F. cumulatif.] [1913 Webster] 1. Composed of parts in a heap; forming a mass; aggregated. As for knowledge which man receiveth by teaching, it is cumulative, not original. Bacon [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cumulative voting — n: a system of voting for corporate directors in which each shareholder is entitled to as many votes as he or she has shares times the number of directors to be elected compare straight voting Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster …   Law dictionary

  • Cumulative voting — Part of the Politics series Electoral methods Single winner …   Wikipedia

  • vote — Synonyms and related words: Australian ballot, Hare system, OK, PR, absentee voting, acceptance, adherence, admiration, approbation, approval, aye, back, back up, ballot, ballot box stuffing, be enfranchised, be implicated in, bear a hand,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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