Definition of resultant in US English:



  • attributive Occurring or produced as a result or consequence of something.

    ‘restructuring and the resultant cost savings’
    • ‘When a field is not tilled, the decomposition and resultant release of carbon dioxide is vastly slowed.’
    • ‘The engineers found that the original structural design helped arrest the progression of collapse and resultant loss of life.’
    • ‘I don't think this color could be captured anyway other than by one's vision, for the light and resultant color are not mechanical.’
    • ‘Interviews with forty-six selected citizens were taped and since the resultant two million words were edited down to one hundred and fifty thousand there has been a good deal of literary shaping.’
    • ‘Our psychology must therefore take account not only of the conditions antecedent to mental states, but of their resultant consequences as well.’
    • ‘A natural result of this growth is a resultant increase in the desire and need for computers to communicate with each other.’
    • ‘Britain's biggest advantage over its rivals in the naval arms race was the greater size of its merchant marine and resultant pool of trained seamen.’
    • ‘Harsh words followed, and the resultant disagreement is still not resolved.’
    • ‘Neither this study's gestalt approach nor the daunting task of comprehending resultant findings need dilute its intended contributions.’
    • ‘Pre-crisis, during the regional economic boom of the early to mid-nineties and the resultant growth in tourism demand, one of the most attractive property assets in Asia was a hotel.’
    • ‘His youngish stepmother, Joyce, volunteers to baby-sit gratis in view of his straitened circumstances and her recent widowing and resultant loneliness.’
    • ‘Mr Bowa said both the participating outlets and consumers stood to benefit from the scheme in terms of the resultant increases in sales and affordability of the products.’
    • ‘Whilst industrialisation brought a number of dramatic changes and opportunities, insecurity and the resultant downwards spiral into poverty remained a deeply entrenched continuity.’
    • ‘After being shaken in their containers, these intriguing objects' resultant relationships are interpreted by the diviner.’
    • ‘The surface weather which is experienced is but an indicator of the considerable flux and resultant turbulence which occurs in the range of atmosphere from the surface to high above.’
    • ‘Imports outweighed exports, and resultant trade deficits weakened states already in a downward economic spiral.’
    • ‘And if you tax consumption with indirect taxation, taxes often pyramid, with resultant price increases of a regressive nature.’
    • ‘Taking into account the probability of active faults and resultant ground movement, Californian engineers had elaborated fault-tolerant design standards for nuclear reactors.’
    • ‘Some might argue that, if households borrow from other households, the resultant growth in aggregate debt may not matter, as all the credits and debits ‘cancel out’.’
    • ‘Yet, formative experiences and the resultant attitudes, sensibilities, hot buttons and cultural reference points can vary for members at either end of the generational spectrum.’
    resulting, ensuing, consequent
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  • A force, velocity, or other vector quantity which is equivalent to the combined effect of two or more component vectors acting at the same point.

    • ‘The contrast between resultants, like the weight of a macroscopic object, and emergents, like an object's colour, seems intuitive enough; but on examination, it is very hard to make precise.’
    • ‘In Commons's work two opposing resultants of underlying, real economic forces do not impersonally, mechanistically interact and come into static equilibrium.’
    • ‘Measurements may be made, very crudely, by measuring the dips of the resultants of the primary and secondary magnetic fields or in more sophisticated ways by measuring amplitudes and phases of various field components.’
    • ‘He proved various results on resultants including what is essentially Cramer's rule.’


Mid 17th century (in the adjectival sense): from Latin resultant- ‘springing back’, from the verb resultare (see result). The noun sense dates from the early 19th century.