The definition of cumulative is something that is increasing or getting bigger with more additions.
An example of cumulative is the increasing amount of water in a pool that is being filled.
- increasing in effect, size, quantity, etc. by successive additions; accumulated: cumulative interest
- taking successive additions into account: a cumulative average
- designating or of preferred stock that pays regular dividends which, if not paid on the scheduled date, accumulate and take priority over dividend payments to other classes of the company's stock
- Law designating additional evidence that gives support to earlier evidence
Origin of cumulativesee cumulate
- Increasing or enlarging by successive addition.
- Acquired by or resulting from accumulation.
- Of or relating to interest or a dividend that is added to the next payment if not paid when due.
- Law a. Supporting the same point as earlier evidence: cumulative evidence.b. Imposed with greater severity upon a repeat offender: cumulative punishment.c. Following successively; consecutive: cumulative sentences.
- Statistics a. Of or relating to the total observed frequency of data, or the probability of a random variable, that is less than or equal to a specified value.b. Of or relating to experimental error that increases in magnitude with each successive measurement.
(comparative more cumulative, superlative most cumulative)