re·​main·​der | \ ri-ˈmān-dər How to pronounce remainder (audio) \

Definition of remainder

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : an interest or estate in property that follows and is dependent on the termination of a prior intervening possessory estate created at the same time by the same instrument
2a : a remaining group, part, or trace
b(1) : the number left after a subtraction
(2) : the final undivided part after division that is less or of lower degree than the divisor
3 : a book sold at a reduced price by the publisher after sales have slowed



Definition of remainder (Entry 2 of 3)


remaindered; remaindering\ ri-​ˈmān-​d(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce remaindering (audio) \

Definition of remainder (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to dispose of as remainders

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Examples of remainder in a Sentence


2 subtracted from 5 gives a remainder of 3. 5 goes into 29 five times with a remainder of 4.


The book did not sell well and ended up being remaindered.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Now, part of the site is zoned general business and the remainder is zoned restaurant-recreational. Bob Sandrick,, "Catanzarite in Strongsville proposes senior living community in southern part of town," 10 June 2019 The remainder of the fleet will leave on Monday, June 10, between 7:45-9:30 a.m. and are expected to cause morning commute delays for those who use the bridges., "Portland metro Friday traffic: Grand Floral Parade closes streets Saturday morning," 7 June 2019 The district said that costs associated with the new contract will be offset by the retirement over the next two years of 25 employees as well as additional teachers expected to retire over the remainder of the contract. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "Dist. 230, teachers approve new 5-year contract," 7 June 2019 But just 36 percent of students at the school are vaccinated, with the remainder claiming a permanent medical exemption. Joanna Pearlstein, WIRED, "California’s Vaccination Rate Slips as Medical Exemptions Rise," 7 June 2019 Now, unavailable for adoption and living out the remainder of his days as a hospice foster, Rogers is busy checking experiences off the bucket list his foster family made for him. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "WATCH: Hurricane Florence Rescue Pup with Cancer Checks Marrying His Best Friend off Bucket List," 13 June 2019 There was Massachusetts native Zach Sanford, not only capably replacing suspended forward Oskar Sundqvist in Game 3 but registering four points against his favorite childhood team over the remainder of the series, including a goal in Game 7. Alex Prewitt,, "Gloria! Blues Turn Lost Season Into Long-Awaited Stanley Cup Title," 13 June 2019 The remainder of my 10-day trip with my daughter was spent discovering sights on our own, riding public buses, trying out my Hebrew skills, and bringing back memories to last a lifetime. Debbie Spingarn,, "A familial journey to Israel, launched with a simple cheek swab," 13 June 2019 Davis’ skill during the remainder of the game earned the Broncos the championship title against the Green Bay Packers and also earned him the title of MVP. Brianne Tracy,, "Terrell Davis Recalls How a Debilitating Migraine Almost Took Him Out of Super Bowl XXXII," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of remainder


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1567, in the meaning defined above


1904, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for remainder


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from remaindre, verb

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The first known use of remainder was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of remainder

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the part that is left when the other people or things are gone, used, etc.
: the number that is left when one number is subtracted from another number
: the number that is left over when one number does not divide evenly into another number



English Language Learners Definition of remainder (Entry 2 of 2)

: to sell (a book) at a reduced price because not many copies are being sold and no more copies will be produced


re·​main·​der | \ ri-ˈmān-dər How to pronounce remainder (audio) \

Kids Definition of remainder

1 : a group or part that is left She took the remainder of the cake.
2 : the number left after a subtraction 5 minus 3 leaves a remainder of 2.
3 : the number left over from the dividend after division that is less than the divisor 10 divided by 3 leaves 3 with a remainder of 1.



Legal Definition of remainder

1 : an estate in property in favor of one other than the grantor that follows upon the natural termination of a prior intervening possessory estate (as a life estate) created at the same time and by the same instrument — compare future interest at interest sense 1, reversion
charitable remainder
: a remainder in favor of a charity
contingent remainder
: a remainder that is to take effect in favor of an unidentifiable person (as one not yet born) or upon the occurrence of an uncertain event

called also executory remainder

cross remainder
: either of two or more remainders in favor of two or more persons so that upon the termination of one remainder that share goes to the other or others
executory remainder
: contingent remainder in this entry
remainder vested subject to open
: a vested remainder that is subject to diminution by the shares of other remaindermen (as children born later)
vested remainder
: a remainder in the favor of an ascertained person who has a present interest and is entitled to take possession upon the termination of the prior estate
2 : that which remains or is left specifically : the property in a decedent's estate that is not otherwise devised or bequeathed I leave the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate to my son Michael

History and Etymology for remainder

Anglo-French, from Old French remaindre to remain

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