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


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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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Revenue is decreasing because of declining student enrollment and the resultant decreased state aid, according to the district. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Palmyra-Eagle School Board has taken the next step toward dissolving the school district," 2 July 2019 Witness today the resultant huge increase in personal, credit card, educational and government debt. WSJ, "Prof. Feldstein and Apple and Orange Prices," 30 June 2019 Rafael Nadal's current French Open—apologies, Roland-Garros—run, in T.G.Misanthrope's estimation, is slightly more impressive due to the higher caliber of competition resultant of modernity, but, ooh wee! Jon Wertheim,, "Mailbag: The Downside of Media Training for Young Players," 26 June 2019 The researchers cited low mass, and the resultant low costs, as the benefits of such comparatively tiny satellites. The Economist, "A new business in small satellites orbiting the Earth," 15 June 2019 Greece is still suffering from the effects of a decade-long economic crisis and the resultant austerity program imposed on it by eurozone lenders. Nicolas Niarchos, The New Yorker, "On a Greek Island That Welcomed Migrants, Residents and Refugees Feel Abandoned," 13 June 2019 After a merger, some of the resultant gravitational waves head outward, perhaps destined to reach a detector like LIGO, while others head inward, toward the black hole’s center. Steve Nadis, Discover Magazine, "We've Found Gravitational Waves. What Will We Learn From Them?," 24 May 2019 Rodriguez drilled home the resultant spot-kick much to the fury of the home supporters at the Estadio do Dragao., "Ronaldo hat-trick sends Portugal into Nations League final," 5 June 2019 This position may reduce the risk of fatigue in the back muscles and resultant discomfort. Leon Straker, Quartz at Work, "The best way to sit at your desk for every type of work task," 5 June 2019

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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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