Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    Adding to; by way of increase.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    Additional; heaping up; increasing; forming an aggregate. The word signifies that two things are to be added together, instead of one being a repetition or in substitution of the other. People v. Superior Court, 10 Wend. (N. Y.) 285; Regina v. Eastern Archipelago Co., 18 Eng. Law A Eq. 183.
    —Cumulative dividend. See Stock.
    —Cumulative offense. One which can be committed only by a repetition of acts of the same kind but committed on different days. The offense of being a "common seller" of intoxicating liquors is an example. Wells v. Co.m., 12 Gray (Mass.) 328.
    —-Cumulative punishment. An increased punishment inflicted for a second or third conviction of the same offense, under the statutes relating to habitual criminals. State v. Hambly, 126 N. C. 1066, 35 S. E. 614. To be distinguished from a "cumulative sentence," as to which see Sentence.
    —Cumulative remedy. A remedy created by statute in addition to one which still remains in force. Railway Co. v. Chicago, 148 111. 141, 35 N. El 881.
    —Cumulative voting. A system of voting, by which the elector, having a number of votes equal to the number of officers to be chosen, is allowed to concentrate the whole number of his votes upon one person, or to distribute them as he may see fit. For example, if ten directors of a corporation are to be elected, then, under this system, the voter may cast ten votes for one person, or five votes for each of two persons, etc. It is intended to secure representation of a minority. As to cumulative "Evidence," "Legacies,'-and "Sentences," see those titles.