a final product or end result; consequence; issue.
a conclusion reached through a process of logical thinking.

Origin of outcome

First recorded in 1175–1225, outcome is from the Middle English word utcume. See out-, come

Synonym study

1, 2. See end1.
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Historical Examples of outcome

  • In its poor degree let its outcome be in truth and friendliness.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • Aggie sniffed, as if such an outcome were the merest bagatelle.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • The outcome of that objective vision was Hamlet—a masterpiece of self-revealing.

  • His speaking telegraph was likewise the outcome of these researches.

  • Is that consolatory view of the matter the outcome of philosophy, or of virtue?

    The Slave Of The Lamp

    Henry Seton Merriman

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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