re·​sul·​tant | \ ri-ˈzəl-tᵊnt How to pronounce resultant (audio) \

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 Companies can configure risk parameters and resultant actions based on low, medium, and high designations. Susan Galer, Forbes, 1 June 2021 In April 2019, Ricedorff finally tested positive for a Lyme disease strain and two resultant colon infections. Jeff Metcalfe, The Arizona Republic, 9 May 2021 Indications are that the shopping habits of consumers have been permanently altered by the resultant experience. Martin Taylor, Forbes, 7 May 2021 At the same time, in New York, the fashion stylist Linda Rodin, then in her late 50s, was tinkering at home with neroli, jasmine and other oils bought from a health food store, and sharing the resultant elixir with models and fashion editors. New York Times, 7 May 2021 The machines needed to get lasers to hit every one of 50,000 drops of molten tin released each second, so that the resultant plasma would generate 13.5 nanometre light. Samanth Subramanian, Quartz, 9 Apr. 2021 Nearly 200 deaths have been attributed to the winter storm and the resultant blackouts, the Houston Chronicle's Zach Despart, Alejandro Serrano and Stephanie Lamm found. Abigail Rosenthal, Chron, 7 Apr. 2021 The flip was the impetus for the resultant identity crisis of the state GOP. Kaelan Deese, Washington Examiner, 3 Feb. 2021 Huckabee's tweet and the resultant backlash touch on two political controversies. Carly Roman, Washington Examiner, 3 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Chaos is a Greek word that denotes the resultant of speed and uncertainty. World Economic Forum, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2021 The outermost portion of a rotor blade is moving too fast, and its angle of attack—the resultant of its circumferential velocity and the helicopter’s rate of descent—is too small; the sum of its forces is drag. Popular Science, 2 Sep. 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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8 Jun 2021

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“Resultant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of resultant

formal : coming from or caused by something else


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