Definition of remainder
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 traceb (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
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.
Origin and Etymology of remainder
Middle English, from AngloFrench, from remaindre, verb
First Known Use: 14th century
1567
First Known Use of remainder
1567
remainder
Definition of remainder
remaindered
;remaindering
\d(ə)riŋ\transitive verb
: to dispose of as remainders
Examples of remainder in a sentence
The book did not sell well and ended up being remaindered.
1904
First Known Use of remainder
1904
REMAINDER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of remainder for English Language Learners

the remainder : the part that is left when the other people or things are gone, used, etc.

mathematics : 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
remainder
Definition of remainder for English Language Learners

: to sell (a book) at a reduced price because not many copies are being sold and no more copies will be produced
REMAINDER Defined for Kids
remainder
playDefinition of remainder for Students
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.>
Law Dictionary
remainder
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 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>
Origin and Etymology of remainder
AngloFrench, from Old French remaindre to remain
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