cyclical cyc‧li‧cal [ˈsɪklɪkl, ˈsaɪ-] also cy‧clic [ˈsɪklɪk, ˈsaɪ-] adjective
happening in regular cycles:

• Most of the the country's problems are cyclical and will disappear as the economic recovery begins.

• seasonal and cyclical fluctuations in the demand for farm labour

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   A regular occurrence. Something that happens on a periodic basis.

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cyclical UK US /ˈsɪklɪkəl/ adjective
used to describe an event that is part of a group of events that happen in a particular order, one following the other, and that are often repeated: »

a cyclical dip/low

(a) cyclical decline/downturn/slowdown »

The retail diamond market has gone into cyclical downturn.


a cyclical high/peak/recovery


a cyclical boom/upswing/upturn

cyclical developments/factors »

The increased mobility of capital has also made exchange rates more sensitive to cyclical developments.

having a regular pattern of successful periods or increases followed by less successful periods or reductions: »

Prices are great now, but we have all seen market prices collapse, and we know that markets are cyclical.


Real estate is a cyclical business.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • cyclical — [sik′li kəl; ] for sense 1 also [ sīk′li kəl] adj. 1. CYCLIC 2. tending to rise and fall in line with the fluctuations of the business cycle [cyclical stocks] …   English World dictionary

  • cyclical — index chronic, intermittent, periodic Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • cyclical — 1817, from CYCLIC (Cf. cyclic) + AL (Cf. al) (1) …   Etymology dictionary

  • cyclical — [adj] happening at regular intervals circular, patterned, periodic, recurrent, recurring, regular, repeated, repetitive, seasonal; concepts 816,817 …   New thesaurus

  • Cyclical — Cyclic Cyc lic (s?k l?k or s? kl?k), Cyclical Cyc lic*al (s?k l? kal), a. [Cf. F. cycluque, Gr. kykliko s, fr. ky klos See {Cycle}.] 1. Of or pertaining to a cycle or circle; moving in cycles; as, cyclical time. Coleridge. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cyclical — cyclically, adv. cyclicality, n. /suy kli keuhl, sik li /, adj. 1. cyclic. 2. of or denoting a business or stock whose income, value, or earnings fluctuate widely according to variations in the economy or the cycle of the seasons: Selling… …   Universalium

  • cyclical — [[t]sɪ̱klɪk(ə)l, sa͟ɪk [/t]] ADJ A cyclical process is one in which a series of events happen again and again in the same order. ...the cyclical nature of the airline business. Syn: cyclic …   English dictionary

  • cyclical — adj. Cyclical is used with these nouns: ↑downturn, ↑fluctuation …   Collocations dictionary

  • cyclical — cy|cli|cal [ sıklıkl ] adjective cyclical events happen again and again in the same order or at the same times …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • cyclical — cyclic, cyclical англ. [си/клик], [си/кликл] cyclique фр. [сикли/к] циклический …   Словарь иностранных музыкальных терминов

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