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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cumulative  \Cu"mu*la*tive\  (k?"m?-l?-t?v),  a.  [Cf.  F. 
  cumulatif.] 
  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 
 
  2.  Augmenting,  gaining,  or  giving  force,  by  successive 
  additions;  as  a  cumulative  argument,  i.  e.,  one  whose 
  force  increases  as  the  statement  proceeds. 
 
  The  argument  .  .  .  is  in  very  truth  not  logical  and 
  single,  but  moral  and  cumulative.  --Trench. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  cumulative 
  adj  :  increasing  by  successive  addition;  "the  benefits  are 
  cumulative";  "the  eventual  accumulative  effect  of  these 
  substances"  [syn:  {accumulative}] 




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