1 of 2


re·​sul·​tant ri-ˈzəl-tᵊnt How to pronounce resultant (audio)
: derived from or resulting from something else
resultantly adverb


2 of 2


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

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
Weilerstein has been rolling out the resultant six chapters — each hour-long block representing one of Bach’s cello suites — since last year. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 7 Apr. 2024 The resultant images will include billions of stars and galaxies, and with them, new insights into the universe’s structure. Andrew Paul, Popular Science, 3 Apr. 2024 By dissecting their strategies, this article aims to illuminate the nuanced differences and similarities in their approaches and underlying philosophies and the resultant economic outcomes. Magdy Hassan Fayed, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 Many factors contribute to the skyrocketing costs in Germany for electricity and natural gas: Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the resultant sanctions, as well as the destruction of Nord Stream pipelines, for example. Jim Vinoski, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 The film’s chief purpose seems to be chronicling the drama of Sturdy Colls’s defeat at the hands of the islanders and resultant indignation. Rebecca Panovka, Harper's Magazine, 9 Feb. 2024 Current instabilities in the world, which led to high inflation and the resultant increase in interest rates, have had some impact on the production of ultra-high-net-worth individuals. Angelina Villa-Clarke, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 For both parties, the resultant comedy of errors is not satisfying. Becca Rothfeld, The New Yorker, 17 Feb. 2024 The resultant hodgepodge then cultured anywhere from 9-to-11 days before being steamed for dinner time. Andrew Paul, Popular Science, 14 Feb. 2024
Designers had initially hoped to tunnel beneath the rail line, but UP refused permission, the resultant bridge adding well over $15 million to the project cost, according to Ellerman. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, 29 June 2023 The 12-page unclassified summary of the Biden administration’s after action report on the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan laid most of the blame for the rapid defeat of Afghan forces and the resultant need for a chaotic 17-day evacuation on the Trump administration's failure to plan. Jamie McIntyre, Washington Examiner, 7 Apr. 2023 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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Word History

First Known Use


1639, in the meaning defined above


1692, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of resultant was in 1639

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“Resultant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adjective
re·​sul·​tant ri-ˈzəlt-ᵊnt How to pronounce resultant (audio)
: coming from or resulting from something else
resultantly adverb


2 of 2 noun
: something that results : outcome
especially : the single vector that is the sum of a given set of vectors

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