Cumulative – Word Of The Day For IELTS

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Cumulative – Word Of The Day For IELTS Speaking And Writing

Cumulative: (Adjective) /ˈkjuːmjəleɪtɪv/

Definition:

increasing gradually as more of something is added or happens

Synonyms: 

Aggregate, Increasing, Accumulative

Collocations:

With nouns: cumulative effect/ impact/ incidence/ process/ selection/ total

Example:

For IELTS Speaking:.
“The cumulative effect provides an even more impressive testimonial.”
“Moreover, the cumulative impact of temporary disablements is considerably smaller than that of permanent impairments.

For IELTS Writing:
“It was difficult for the authorities to detect this cumulative process at work.”

Exercise:

Match the word below to complete these sentences.

damnable, curative, cheekbone, indigestible, cumulative, indifferent

  1. For years, vintners lobbied regulators without success for permission to advertise therapeutic or …………… effects of wine.
  2. The purpose of this chapter is to demonstrate the power of this …………………… selection as a fundamentally non-random process.
  3. Wilberforce saw very clearly that this was the issue and that evolutionism was ……………….. because it implied moral and cultural relativity.
  4. A muscle near her right ……………… fluttered at erratic intervals, and the nail polish was chipped.
  5. Her father was quite friendly, but her mother seemed somewhat cold and ……………………..
  6. Many birds of prey regurgitate pellets which contain the ………………….. remains of their prey, including much of the bone.

Answer keys:

  1. curative
  2. cumulative
  3. damnable
  4. cheekbone
  5. indifferent
  6. indigestible

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