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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Chain-of-custody for a commodity designed to be traded with anonymity would be more difficult, but this is less of an issue for the FIRST purchaser of the resultant green bitcoin. Rob Day, Forbes, 18 July 2022 The resultant athleticism is evident on the roads weaving to Ascari, a private racetrack in Málaga. Viju Mathew, Robb Report, 16 July 2022 The resultant tower of smoke was visible throughout Anchorage. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 3 July 2022 The resultant committee recommendation, which must undergo City Council consideration, is to buy 17 static cameras and one portable unit. Beth Mlady, cleveland, 25 June 2022 If the mid-range area of the standings and resultant stagnation is bad for business, then the question becomes whether to try to boom or to bust. Mark Deeks, Forbes, 30 June 2022 The resultant global cloud of dust, soot and aerosols may have inhibited the proliferation of photosynthetic microbes in the immediate aftermath of the event. Chris Mays, Scientific American, 23 June 2022 The resultant internalization and feelings of helplessness can only damage mental health. Jessica L. Borelli, Scientific American, 17 June 2022 The resultant structure looks like a hand, palm facing inwards. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 16 June 2022 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 See More

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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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7 Aug 2022

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“Resultant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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