- tending to accumulate or arising from accumulation; cumulative.
- tending to accumulate wealth; acquisitive.
- increasing or growing by accumulation or successive additions: the cumulative effect of one rejection after another.
- formed by or resulting from accumulation or the addition of successive parts or elements.
- of or pertaining to interest or dividends that, if not paid when due, become a prior claim for payment in the future: cumulative preferred stocks.
These definitions (and those from other dictionaries as well) say different things but I can't understand how they aren't really meaning the same thing.
Yet, when thinking about it, it seems there are some cases where it is distinctly more correct to use one or the other.
What's the difference, practically?