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[uh-kyoo-myuh-ley-tiv, -luh-tiv] /əˈkyu myəˌleɪ tɪv, -lə tɪv/
tending to accumulate or arising from accumulation; cumulative.
tending to accumulate wealth; acquisitive.
Origin of accumulative
1645-55; accumulate + -ive
Related forms
accumulatively, adverb
accumulativeness, noun
nonaccumulative, adjective
nonaccumulatively, adverb
nonaccumulativeness, noun
unaccumulative, adjective
unaccumulatively, adverb
unaccumulativeness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • These last men are seldom if ever idealists; they see the world as it is, are men of order and of accumulative tendency.

    Memoir of Rev. Joseph Badger Elihu G. Holland
  • Next: ‘Aia’ is generally an accumulative yet depreciative termination.

    The Browning Cyclopdia Edward Berdoe
  • Darwin assumed an accumulative influence of external causes in the case of the production of new varieties or species.

    Darwin and Modern Science A.C. Seward and Others
  • How well this practical horticulturist appreciates and illustrates the gradual and accumulative force of selection!

  • It combines a system of 'privileged purveyors' with an accumulative savings fund.

    France and the Republic William Henry Hurlbert
  • It is merely a destructive and dispersive instead of a constructive and accumulative industrialism.

    War and the Future H. G. Wells
  • accumulative evidence pointed to a likelihood that someone was hiding in the building.

    The Secret Pact Mildred A. Wirt
  • The triumph was accumulative, and it was crowned by the tent-scene, the battle, and the death.

  • Concomitant with the accumulative process, and as a condition of the latter, there develops an industrial reserve army.

  • Joy and pleasure are of a transitory nature only, while pain and sorrow are of a permanent and accumulative character.

    Tyranny of God Joseph Lewis

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