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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 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 The resultant drop in demand for U.S. government bonds would result in higher interest rates, not only for the federal government, but for business loans, mortgages, credit cards, and every other form of U.S. borrowing. Michael J. Casey, Fortune, "Why the U.S. shouldn’t let China dominate the digital currency race," 7 Apr. 2020 For the customers of the private lender HDFC Bank, loan amount of Rs4 lakh for a salaried personal loan, with a remaining tenor of 48 months, the additional interest will be about Rs15,000, and the resultant tenor will increase by 1.4 EMI. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "Is it worth going for the three-month EMI moratorium offered by Indian banks?," 2 Apr. 2020 The resultant image of gases heated to billions of degrees swirling around the cosmic drain matched the predictions of Einstein’s theory, as far as anyone can tell. Dennis Overbye, New York Times, "Infinite Visions Were Hiding in the First Black Hole Image’s Rings," 28 Mar. 2020 The resultant insecurity would require higher Indian defence expenditures and disrupt development, which was a key priority for his fledgling government. Tanvi Madan, Quartz India, "How the US went from being indifferent to fawning over India—because of China," 26 Feb. 2020 These irresponsible people help to create the resultant tragedy of too many pets, and too few homes. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Estranged dad is now angling for an intro," 15 Feb. 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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16 May 2020

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“Resultant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of resultant

formal : coming from or caused by something else

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