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a. Growth or increase in size by gradual external addition, fusion, or inclusion.
b. Something contributing to such growth or increase: "the accretions of paint that had buried the door's details like snow" (Christopher Andreae).
2. Biology The growing together or adherence of parts that are normally separate.
3. Geology
a. Slow addition to land by deposition of water-borne sediment.
b. An increase of land along the shores of a body of water, as by alluvial deposit.
4. Astronomy An increase in the mass of a celestial object by its gravitational capture of surrounding interstellar material.

[Latin accrētiō, accrētiōn-, from accrētus, past participle of accrēscere, to grow; see accrue.]

ac·cre′tion·ar′y (-shə-nĕr′ē), ac·cre′tive adj.
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Adj.1.accretive - growing by accretionaccretive - growing by accretion      
increasing - becoming greater or larger; "increasing prices"
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We expect to have the opportunity to redeploy the capital accretively to larger vessels when this sale is completed in early 2016.
We continue to implement our strategy of creating value and building a solid and reliable income stream for investors by accretively acquiring properties below replacement cost with conservatively financed, long term, fixed rate mortgages".
The proceeds from this sale will be reinvested accretively in our core business; owning, developing and managing the highest quality seniors housing, post-acute and outpatient medical real estate in the US, UK and Canada.
Yet this process was, in effect, merely the blind leading the blind, or lemmings charging toward the sea, as the conscientious, precedent-minded later judges by their diligent actions only helped, gradually and accretively, to increase the supposed legitimacy and hide the unsound origins of the erroneous precedent they were following.
Further, the standard itself will develop accretively as the Service and the courts address partnership allocations subject to the modified substantial economic effect safe harbor.
GlobalPOPs' national footprint further enhances our value proposition to both existing and potential DONOBi customers and ultimately will enable us to more quickly and accretively integrate future acquisitions.
What emerges is a thick description that accretively enriches readers' appreciation of the diverse and varying aural ecologies that make up early modern England.
More importantly, from a pragmatic point of view, the border points approach would achieve these goals in a typically judicial way: allowing constitutional principles to emerge incrementally and accretively.
We remain focused on lending, accretively, against cash-flowing commercial real estate properties with the goal of delivering a consistent and steadily growing common dividend to our shareholders.
Santiago Seage, Abengoa Yield s CEO, said: With the potential second and potential third acquisitions from Abengoa we aim to accelerate our growth, while making Abengoa Yield a more independent company that will continue growing accretively thanks to a reinforced ROFO agreement with a leading global developer like Abengoa and to third party acquisitions .
We continue to see opportunities to deploy capital accretively to the benefit of our shareholders and have adopted a new dividend that provides increased income to our shareholders, while at the same time preserving capacity for investment in growth.
To provide us with additional financial flexibility to support our expected growth, we raised preferred equity capital which we expect to invest accretively in order to create additional long-term value for our stockholders.