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1 a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon; "the magnetic effect was greater when the rod was lengthwise"; "his decision had depressing consequences for business"; "he acted very wise after the event" [syn: consequence, effect, outcome, event, issue, upshot]
2 a statement that solves a problem or explains how to solve the problem; "they were trying to find a peaceful solution"; "the answers were in the back of the book"; "he computed the result to four decimal places" [syn: solution, answer, resolution, solvent]
3 something that results; "he listened for the results on the radio" [syn: resultant, final result, outcome, termination]
4 the semantic role of the noun phrase whose referent exists only by virtue of the activity denoted by the verb in the clause [syn: resultant role]


1 issue or terminate (in a specified way, state, etc.); end; "result in tragedy" [syn: ensue]
2 result in; "The water left a mark on the silk dress"; "Her blood left a stain on the napkin" [syn: leave, lead]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /ɹɪˈzʌlt/
  • Rhymes: -ʌlt
  • Hyphenation: re·sult


  1. That which results; the conclusion or end to which any course or condition of things leads, or which is obtained by any process or operation; consequence or effect; as, the result of a course of action; the result of a mathematical operation.
  2. The decision or determination of a council or deliberative assembly; a resolve; a decree.



  1. To come out, or have an issue; to terminate; to have consequences; -- followed by in; as, this measure will result in good or in evil.
  2. To proceed, spring, or rise, as a consequence, from facts, arguments, premises, combination of circumstances, consultation, thought, or endeavor.



to come out
to proceed, spring, or rise, as a consequence

Extensive Definition

A result is the final consequence of a sequence of actions or events (broadly incidents and accidents) expressed qualitatively or quantitatively, being a loss, injury, disadvantage, advantage, gain, victory or simply a value. There may be a range of possible outcomes associated with an event possibly depending on the point of view, historical distance or relevance.
Reaching no result proves that actions are inefficient, ineffective, meaningless or flawed.

Result Properties

As with any other piece of information results have certain properties in absolute terms or in relation to previous results or settings:
impact positive (+) neutral (0) negative (-)
profitability profit balance loss
contest win tie loss
confrontation victory armistice defeat
competition success status quo failure
change increase stagnation decrease
causality direct random indirect
reliability reliable undetermined unreliable
credibility confirmed / verified unknown denied / falsified
consistency consistent equivalent inconsistent
sensitivity public / open unclassified classified / secret
accuracy accurate / true undefined / null inaccurate / false
relevance important normal neglectable / meaningless
different meanings result, results, resulted


In many cases the following formula is used:
result = quality * acceptance
A product, service or activity can be delivered with a high (technical) quality, but if the acceptance is small, the end-result is also small. This formula is commonly used to explain junior technical engineers that more needs to be done to reach a (project) target than just implement a good technical solution. The acceptance in the formula is most of the time increased by involving end-users/customers in the specification of the targets and assigning end-user-tests to them.

See also

result in German: Ergebnis
result in Interlingua (International Auxiliary Language Association): Resultato
result in Japanese: 結果
result in Polish: Wynik
result in Simple English: Result

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

accomplishment, accrue from, aftereffect, aftermath, answer, arise, arise from, artifact, ascertainment, attend, be contingent on, be due to, become of, brainchild, bud from, by-product, child, clearing up, close, coinage, come about, come after, come from, come of, come out, come out of, come to pass, composition, conclude, conclusion, concoction, consequence, consequent, corollary, cracking, creation, creature, crowning achievement, culminate, decipherment, decoding, denouement, depend on, derivation, derivative, derive from, descend from, determination, develop, development, disentanglement, displace, distillate, distillation, effect, emanate, emanate from, emerge, emerge from, end, end product, end result, ensue, ensue from, essence, event, eventuality, eventuate, eventuation, evolve, explanation, extract, fall out, fare, finding, finding-out, finish, flow from, follow, follow after, follow from, follow up, follow-up, fruit, germinate from, go after, grow from, grow out of, handiwork, hang on, happen, harvest, hinge on, interpretation, invention, issue, issue from, legacy, logical outcome, manufacture, masterpiece, masterwork, mintage, new mintage, occur, offshoot, offspring, opera, opus, opuscule, originate in, origination, outcome, outgrowth, overtake, pan out, precipitate, proceed from, product, production, prove, prove to be, reason, replace, resolution, resolving, resultant, riddling, sequel, sequela, sequence, sequent, solution, solving, sorting out, spring from, sprout from, stem from, succeed, supervene, terminate, termination, track, trail, turn on, turn out, unfold, unraveling, unriddling, unscrambling, unspinning, untangling, untwisting, unweaving, upshot, work, work out, working, working-out
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