re·​sid·​u·​al | \ ri-ˈzi-jə-wəl How to pronounce residual (audio) , -jəl; -ˈzij-wəl \

Definition of residual

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : remainder, residuum: such as
a : the difference between results obtained by observation and by computation from a formula or between the mean of several observations and any one of them
b : a residual product or substance
c : an internal aftereffect of experience or activity that influences later behavior especially : a disability remaining from a disease or operation
2 : a payment (as to an actor or writer) for each rerun after an initial showing (as of a TV show)



Definition of residual (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or constituting a residue
2 : leaving a residue that remains effective for some time a residual pesticide

Other Words from residual


residually adverb

Examples of residual in a Sentence

Adjective She's still dealing with the residual effects of the accident.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That's because your lease's residual—the value the automaker predicted your car would be worth when the lease ends—is fixed in the contract. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, 23 Apr. 2022 Which has produced its own residual: more confusion and mistrust than was strictly necessary or inevitable, especially among some who stood to benefit most from the vaccine. WSJ, 14 Dec. 2021 In this phase of the pandemic, think of hospitalizations as the residual. WSJ, 14 Dec. 2021 Under the traditional business model, every time a show was sold to some secondary market, or released on DVD, a residual would be paid into the plans. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 19 Oct. 2021 The tiny residual between incoming sunshine and outgoing infrared is due to the accumulation of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide in the air. Scott Denning, Quartz, 6 Aug. 2021 There’s been a very long, unbroken tradition of Indian business culture, [and] there’s a weak residual of a central planning system. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, 17 May 2021 Jackson and the Ravens suspect the cramps were a residual from the COVID-19 that knocked the quarterback out of action for two weeks. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, 28 Jan. 2021 As to residuals, the SAG-AFTRA deal is likely to largely mirror the Directors Guild of America pact that was ratified April 3. Jonathan Handel, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Will there be any residual negative effects on the peas from planting them in the same bed where onions were previously planted? oregonlive, 24 Apr. 2022 Another obstacle preventing renewable energy from gaining ground is the residual effects from Covid-19. Dee Brown, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 While Woods passed his first test on Thursday, posting a 1-under-par 71 in his opening round, his movements on Friday appeared to be more labored than the day previous, potentially due to a residual effect of his leg injury. USA TODAY, 8 Apr. 2022 Aromas and flavors of lemon, lime, almonds, and chalk unite with a small amount of easy-to-love residual sugar. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 15 Jan. 2022 The residual effects of COVID-19, however, directly correlate to the high volume of sick patients in ICUs, said Dr. Stephen Feagins, Mercy Health Cincinnati's chief clinical officer. Brooks Sutherland, The Enquirer, 1 Apr. 2022 Last year’s ads formed a smorgasbord of emotions, from humor to empowerment – the latter seen as a residual effect of the stay-at-home orders the nation was under. Marc Bona, cleveland, 13 Feb. 2022 To encourage this, many lenders won’t honor the residual value in the contract for anyone but the owner. cleveland, 19 Mar. 2022 All lanes were reopened by 6 p.m. and there were some residual delays, officials said. Andres Picon, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of residual


1557, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for residual


Latin residuum residue

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re·​sid·​u·​al | \ ri-ˈzij-(ə-)wəl, -ˈzij-əl How to pronounce residual (audio) \

Medical Definition of residual

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or being something that remains: as
a : remaining after a disease or operation residual paralysis
b : remaining in a body cavity after maximum normal expulsion has occurred residual urine — see residual volume
2a : leaving a residue that remains effective for some time after application residual insecticides
b : of or relating to a residual insecticide a residual spray



Medical Definition of residual (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an internal aftereffect of experience or activity that influences later behavior
2 : a residual abnormality (as a scar or limp)


re·​sid·​u·​al | \ ri-ˈzi-jə-wəl \

Legal Definition of residual

: of, relating to, or constituting a residue : residuary

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