adjective Date: 1605 1. a. made up of accumulated parts b. increasing by successive additions 2. tending to prove the same point <
cumulative evidence
3. a. taking effect upon completion of another penal sentence <
a cumulative sentence
b. increasing in severity with repetition of the offense <
cumulative penalty
4. formed by the addition of new material of the same kind <
a cumulative book index
5. summing or integrating overall data or values of a random variable less than or less than or equal to a specified value <
cumulative normal distribution
cumulative frequency distribution
cumulatively adverbcumulativeness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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