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- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
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."
2. Augmenting, gaining, or giving force,
by successive additions; as, a cumulative argument, i.
e., one whose force increases as the statement
The argument . . . is in very truth not logical
and single, but moral and cumulative.
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.
Cumulative action (Med.), that
action of certain drugs, by virtue of which they produce, when
administered in small doses repeated at considerable intervals,
the same effect as if given in a single large dose. --
Cumulative poison, a poison the action of
which is cumulative. -- Cumulative vote or
system of voting (Politics), that
system which allows to each voter as many votes as there are
persons to be voted for, and permits him to accumulate these
votes upon one person, or to distribute them among the candidates
as he pleases.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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