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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resultantly adverb

Examples of resultant in a Sentence


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


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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Object recognition and the resultant decisions made by a robot system have come far over decades of research but are still being refined. Russ Mitchell,, "Uber chose to disable emergency braking system before fatal Arizona robot car crash, safety officials say," 24 May 2018 Real carbon banking would consist of thinning the trees and using the resultant product to build homes and other structures which create more permanent carbon banks. WSJ, "Bad Forest Management Robs Those Green Carbon Banks," 20 Aug. 2018 The objective is that the resultant development will make the parcel worth more, can therefore be taxed more, and will generate more revenue. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Seeing red: Which Milwaukee suburbs are closest to their debt limits?," 11 July 2018 The resultant aura of precariousness feels intensely and unmistakably contemporary. Dustin Illingworth,, "Elusive leaps of grace and daring: Rachel Cusk's 'Kudos'," 31 May 2018 Those include growing public disaffection with incumbent politicians and the resultant rise of nationalistic populist parties who want a looser EU. Nektaria Stamouli, WSJ, "Macedonia’s Deal With Greece Over Name Is Just a First Step Toward EU," 3 July 2018 The resultant debates were fierce: — Yoni Appelbaum (@YAppelbaum) June 14, 2018 5. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Imprisoning kids is ... biblical?," 15 June 2018 In March of 2011 Murakami’s world was literally rocked when an earthquake and resultant tsunami washed over Japan taking thousands of lives and leaving massive destruction. Gaile Robinson, star-telegram, "The Modern goes big and bright with international art star Murakami retrospective," 8 June 2018 The violence of the resultant impact can be gauged by the by the condition of the remains recovered. Jeff Wise, Popular Mechanics, "An Illusion Made FlyDubai Pilots Crash Their Plane Into the Ground," 25 Apr. 2016

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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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English Language Learners Definition of resultant

formal : coming from or caused by something else

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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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