cu·mu·la·tive /'kyü-myə-lə-tiv, -ˌlā-/ adj
1: increasing by successive additions
2: tending to prove the same point
cumulative testimony
3: following in time

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I (increasing) adjective accruing, accumulative, added together, additional, additive, additory, advancing, becoming greater, becoming larger, broadening, continually increasing, enlarging, ever-widening, expanding, flourishing, growing, growing by successive additions, incremental, lengthening, multiplying, on the increase, piling up, strengthening, successively gaining in force, successively waxing in force, swelling, thriving, widening associated concepts: cumulative criminal acts, cumulative sentences, cumulative voting II (intensifying) adjective accelerating, aggravative, amplifying, augmentative, becoming more intense, boosting, concentrating, deepening, enhancing, escalating, exaggerating, extending, heightening, intensive, magnifying, maximizing, multiplying, quickening, sharpening, strengthening III index collective, consecutive

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Increasing with new additions; piling up.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


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