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[out-kuhm] /ˈaʊtˌkʌm/
a final product or end result; consequence; issue.
a conclusion reached through a process of logical thinking.
Origin of outcome
1175-1225; Middle English utcume. See out-, come
1, 2. See end1 . Unabridged
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  • At home, seeing the effect that modulating one variable has on the outcome is about the best that can be done.
  • Even a small political shock could push over a domino causing a chain reaction that leads to one outcome or the other.
  • My first thought was that there was a placebo effect that influenced the outcome of these experiments.
  • Unfortunately, measuring performance by clinical outcome is easier said than done.
  • Though the confrontation may have been unusual, the outcome was not.
  • Scientists must forever cite probabilities and be attacked regardless of outcome.
  • Maps have determined the outcome of battles, inspired the founding of empires, sent pathbreakers on wild-goose chases.
  • The researchers examined numerous variables that might have affected the vote outcome.
  • Most likely the outcome of a patient not getting the best treatment will be worse than one who is covered.
  • They realize how their own positions are the outcome of a series of random events.
British Dictionary definitions for outcome


something that follows from an action, dispute, situation, etc; result; consequence
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Word Origin and History for outcome

1788, "that which results from something," originally Scottish, from out + come (v.). Popularized in English by Carlyle (c.1830s). Used in Middle English in sense of "act or fact of coming out" (c.1200). Old English had utancumen (n.) "stranger, foreigner."

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