out·​come | \ ˈau̇t-ˌkəm How to pronounce outcome (audio) \

Definition of outcome

: something that follows as a result or consequence a surprising outcome patient outcomes of bypass surgery We are still awaiting the final outcome of the trial.

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Examples of outcome in a Sentence

the outcome of the election We are still awaiting the final outcome of the trial. There are two possible outcomes.
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With no one providing updates on the health of the children, that outcome, perhaps the most likely one, may never be headline news. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "Did CRISPR help—or harm—the first-ever gene-edited babies?," 1 Aug. 2019 But again, the most likely outcome here is that Brady’s eventual replacement isn’t on the roster yet. Albert Breer, SI.com, "Andrew Luck on What His Long Injury Layoff Taught Him—About Football and Life," 1 Aug. 2019 Another playoff exit at the hands of the Dodgers seems the likeliest outcome – but underestimate them at your peril. 5. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "MLB playoff rankings: Eight best World Series bets after the trade deadline," 31 July 2019 Garfield Heights Municipal Court Judge Jennifer Weiler, who was not in court last week, wants to hear the case herself because of the controversy that has surrounded the outcome, a bailiff in Weiler’s office told cleveland.com. Kaylee Remington, cleveland.com, "Judge wants new hearing for Garfield Heights woman given 10 days in Cuyahoga County Jail for feeding stray cats," 30 July 2019 The outcome will either set the Cardinals up, or back, for the next several years. Kent Somers, azcentral, "Cardinals begin grand experiment: Can they win with rookie head coach, quarterback?," 27 July 2019 Yet, the price of an unlikely unwholesome outcome (from India’s point of view) will, in a substantial measure, have to be paid by Muslims. Salman Khurshid, Quartz India, "Rumours, suspicions, fears: What Indian Muslims have battled since Independence," 26 July 2019 Unclear outcomes The robot has been marketed as a way for surgeons to add minimally invasive surgery to their toolkits. NBC News, "Hospitals are offering free hernia screenings, but do patients need them?," 23 July 2019 In addition, Sisson said that the use of Plan B contraception is not widely portrayed, and that adverse outcomes are still depicted on shows that are set before Roe v. Wade. New York Times, "Hollywood and the Matter-of-Fact Abortion," 19 July 2019

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First Known Use of outcome

1788, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of outcome

: something that happens as a result of an activity or process


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