The deputies are elected by departments and by a direct cumulative vote, and hold office for three years.
The arguments had been regarded as alternative or else as cumulative proofs, all pointing to one conclusion - God exists.
The cumulative effect of these acts was practically to annihilate the woollen manufacture in Ireland and to reduce whole districts and towns, in which thousands of persons were directly or indirectly supported by the industry, to the last verge of poverty.
The cumulative effect is completely unexpected, unsettling and yet somehow oddly compulsive.
The ratiocinative parts of the Phaedo thrown into syllogisms may be easily demolished by a hostile logician; but in the dialogue as a whole there is a subtle spirit and cumulative force which logic can neither seize nor answer " (Studies in the Philosophy of Religion, p. 226, 1876).