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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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  • Discouraging as was the outcome of this movement in Ajaccio, similar agitations elsewhere were more successful.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • Upon thinking the matter over he had little doubt as to its outcome.

    Tutors' Lane Wilmarth Lewis
  • And her very bitterness was an outcome of her affection; it soothed her to rail at her son after so long a silence.

    Demos George Gissing
  • Not that there was any doubt of the outcome, as far as they were concerned—but why take chances?

    The Measure of a Man Randall Garrett
  • From here they visited Kenilworth, Warwick, and Stratford, and the outcome of the jaunts is reflected in the story.

    Dickensian Inns & Taverns B. W. (Bertram Waldrom) Matz
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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