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resultant

[ri-zuhl-tnt] /rɪˈzʌl tnt/
adjective
1.
that results; following as a result or consequence.
2.
resulting from the combination of two or more agents:
a resultant force.
noun
3.
Mathematics, Physics. vector sum.
4.
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.
5.
something that results.
Origin of resultant
1400-1450
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
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  • The actions of all men are the resultant of these two forces of feeling and reason.

    The Making of Arguments J. H. Gardiner
  • Observations can show us only the resultant of these two motions.

  • This was the case when the resultant galvanometer deflection was reduced to zero.

    Life Movements in Plants Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
  • And we'll take the resultant Kedy and make nine duplicates of him.

    Masters of Space Edward Elmer Smith
  • Long hours or unsanitary surroundings meant spoiled material and broken-down machinery and resultant delay.

    Some War-time Lessons Frederick P. (Frederick Paul) Keppel
British Dictionary definitions for resultant

resultant

/rɪˈzʌltənt/
adjective
1.
that results; resulting
noun
2.
(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
n.

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

adj.

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
resultant
  (rĭ-zŭl'tənt)   
A single vector that is the equivalent of a set of vectors.
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