A class of database schemes, called acychc, was recently introduced. It is shown that this class has a number of desirable properties. In particular, several desirable properties that have been studied by other researchers m very different terms are all shown to be eqmvalent to acydicity. In addition, several equivalent charactenzauons of the class m terms of graphs and hypergraphs are given, and a smaple algorithm for determining acychclty is presented. Also given are several eqmvalent characterizations of those sets M of multivalued dependencies such that M is the set of muRlvalued dependencies that are the consequences of a given join dependency. Several characterizations for a conflict-free (in the sense of Lien) set of muluvalued dependencies are provided. © 1983, ACM. All rights reserved.