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[ri-zuhl-tnt] /rɪˈzʌl tnt/
that results; following as a result or consequence.
resulting from the combination of two or more agents:
a resultant force.
Mathematics, Physics. vector sum.
Mathematics. a determinant the entries of which are the coefficients of each of two polynomials in a specified arrangement and the value of which determines whether the polynomials have a common factor.
something that results.
Origin of resultant
1400-50; late Middle English: sum, noun use of Latin resultant- (stem of resultāns), present participle of resultāre. See result, -ant
Related forms
resultantly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for resultant
  • The resultant huge jolt of energy creates an extremely powerful magnetic field inside a coil in the machine's chamber.
  • We should judge him by this resultant, not by the blueprint of the future he holds before our eyes.
  • The resultant steam runs a turbine, and cold water drawn up from deep in the ocean condenses the steam to start the cycle again.
  • And the resultant meal still has to be leached of tannin.
  • The resultant salt mixture simultaneously works as a moderator, coolant, and fuel medium.
  • Bess's resultant downward spiral leads to a finale of both tragedy and spirituality.
  • The resultant corkscrew motion causes stumbles and staggers while you try to keep up.
  • The resultant fuel is cleaner than conventional, sulfur-free diesel.
  • Tests showed that the resultant semi-synthetic strains had apparently normal growth rates, colony appearance and gene expression.
  • Then, it uses the resultant steam to turn the same low-temperature turbines as those employed in nuclear reactors.
British Dictionary definitions for resultant


that results; resulting
(maths, physics) a single vector that is the vector sum of two or more other vectors
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Word Origin and History for resultant

early 15c., from French résultant and directly from Medieval Latin resultantem (nominative resultans), present participle of resultare (see result (v.)).


1630s, from resultant (adj.) and from Medieval Latin resultantem (nominative resultans), present participle of resultare (see result (v.)).

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resultant in Science
A single vector that is the equivalent of a set of vectors.
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