from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The state in which a series of repeated actions have an effect greater than the sum of their individual effects; noted especially in the repeated administration of drugs
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Yet not the Holy Church in all its wisdom could have been prepared for the cumulative effect on him of these privations.
The cumulative effect was bound to be a lot of crossed legs on long journeys in the coming weeks, as drivers opted to hold it in rather than risk being propositioned, murdered or arrested if they stopped for a quick single-fish.
The Caldeira Lab at Stanford provides the following, very nice graphic depicting the cumulative effect on climate forcing (aside from the runoff increases mentioned above) of evapo-transpiration reductions caused by the doubling of CO2.
The form suits Wolseley’s breadth of vision and discursive style, and he often translates its cumulative effect into a similar form on a larger scale.