re·main·der | \ ri-ˈmān-dər \

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 \

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

The remainder of his contract, more than $50 million through 2020, is a burden a team probably wouldn't want to take on. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Tocci to DL, Calhoun to Rangers? Don't hold your breath," 10 July 2018 The remainder is carbon—a small additive that makes a major difference in the metal’s properties. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018 The remainder of Fox’s journey is as natty and crisp, and quite lighter of spirit than the reservation story. Peter Lewis, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Northland' is an entertaining trip along America's 4,000-mile northern border," 3 July 2018 The remainder of its day is devoting to eating and resting. Joel Achenbach, Washington Post, "Koala genome shows how the adorable marsupial lives on eucalyptus leaves," 2 July 2018 The remainder of the refund, $21.7 million, is due to an accounting adjustment on the restoration costs. Jim Turner, miamiherald, "Monthly FPL bills to go down slightly," 5 June 2018 The remainder were still in other forms of housing, including 15 households still in what is classed as emergency accommodation, according to figures from the local government. NBC News, "London Grenfell Tower fire: Grieving survivors attend start of public inquiry," 21 May 2018 The remainder of the refund, $21.7 million, is due to an accounting adjustment on the restoration costs. Jim Turner,, "Florida Power & Light customers to get refund for Hurricane Matthew charges," 15 May 2018 Of those, 76% were Australian, while the remainder were from Canada, New Zealand, the United States, the UK, Italy and Spain. Jessica Mudditt, CNN, "Melanoma remains Australia's 'national cancer' with 14,000 diagnosed each year," 8 May 2018

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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


Anglo-French, from Old French remaindre to remain

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English Language Learners Definition of remainder

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



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 \

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

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