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outgrowth

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of outgrowth

  1. 1 a branch of a main stem especially of a plant <trimmed back some of the tree's outgrowths so they wouldn't interfere with the power lines> Synonyms offshoot, shoot, sproutRelated Words excrescence, growth; bough, branchlet, limb, twig; bud, floret; spray, sprig, spur

  2. 2 a condition or occurrence traceable to a cause <a predictable outgrowth of the suburb's ever growing population will be the need for more schools> Synonyms aftereffect, aftermath, backwash, child, conclusion, consequence, corollary, development, fate, fruit, issue, outcome, effect, precipitate, product, result, resultant, sequel, sequence, upshotRelated Words ramification; denouement (also dénouement), echo, implication, repercussion; afterclap, afterglow, aftershock; blowback, by-product, fallout, offshoot, ripple, side effect (also side reaction), spin-offNear Antonyms consideration, determinant, factor; base, basis, foundation, ground, groundwork; impetus, incentive, inspiration, instigation, stimulus; mother, origin, root, source, springAntonyms antecedent, causation, cause, occasion, reason

  3. 3 something that naturally develops or is developed from something else <an industry that is an outgrowth of the technology first developed for the U.S. space program> Synonyms by-product, derivate, derivation, offshoot, derivative, spin-offRelated Words descendant (also descendent); aftermath, consequence, corollary, development, fruit, growth, issue, outcome, product, result, sequel, sequence, upshot; denouement (also dénouement), repercussion; aftereffect, side effect (also side reaction); copy, duplicate, facsimile, replica, reproductionNear Antonyms archetype, original, prototype; antecedent, cause, determinant, occasion, reasonAntonyms origin, root, source





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