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Definition of resultant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: derived from or resulting from something else



Definition of resultant (Entry 2 of 2)

: something that results : outcome specifically : the single vector that is the sum of a given set of vectors

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Other Words from resultant


resultantly adverb

Examples of resultant in a Sentence

Adjective She deserves credit for the increase in sales and the resultant increase in profit. frequent trips to the ice cream parlor and the resultant weight gain were starting to affect my tennis game Noun a person's decision to purchase a certain automobile is often the resultant of an array of factors, ranging from the actual performance of the vehicle to the buyer's self-image
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective At the peak of this eclipse, 99.4% of the sun will be hidden by the moon, and the resultant ring of fire will be visible in northern India, particularly in Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttarakhand. Candice Wang, Popular Science, "You may be able to spot a ‘ring of fire’ eclipse this weekend," 19 June 2020 Early in the Covid-19 pandemic, an influential economic analysis from the University of Chicago concluded that the likely benefits of moderate social distancing would greatly exceed the resultant costs. David R. Henderson And Jonathan Lipow, WSJ, "The Data Are In: It’s Time for Major Reopening," 15 June 2020 Floyd’s resultant death set off protests and rallies throughout the country and around the world. cleveland, "Beachwood’s Peaceful Rally for Social Justice attracts hundreds from throughout the area," 12 June 2020 The last thing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration wants is a contagion from Yes Bank’s closure and its resultant impact on an economy that’s already expanding at its slowest pace in over a decade. Suvashree Ghosh,, "Depositors Staying Put Is Key to India’s Biggest Bank Rescue," 8 Mar. 2020 Beyond the visual shock of St. Helen’s outburst and resultant devastation, my most vivid memory is that of an 83-year-old codger named Harry R. Truman. oregonlive, "Mount St. Helens eruption: Witnesses recall terror, awe when mountain exploded 40 years ago," 18 May 2020 But warming seas and resultant change in fish populations have undeniably changed the course of the Cape’s fleets, not always in expected ways., "A short documentary exploring climate change on Cape Cod," 26 Sep. 2019 Not unlike fake news, the resultant outcome of the doctor’s racist comments was worldwide misinformation. Gale Ure, Quartz Africa, "African scientists must make sure they are part of the search for a coronavirus vaccine," 25 Apr. 2020 My family, like many Australian families, is under extreme financial and emotional stress thanks to the pandemic and resultant shutdown. Besha Rodell, New York Times, "Watching America in Horror From a Curve-Flattened Australia," 24 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of resultant


1639, in the meaning defined above


1692, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of resultant was in 1639

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1 Jul 2020

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“Resultant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of resultant

formal : coming from or caused by something else

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