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  1. a natural development, product, or result: to consider truancy an outgrowth of parental neglect.
  2. an additional, supplementary result.
  3. a growing out or forth.
  4. something that grows out; offshoot; excrescence.

Origin of outgrowth

First recorded in 1830–40; out- + growth
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British Dictionary definitions for outgrowth


  1. a thing growing out of a main body
  2. a development, result, or consequence
  3. the act of growing out
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Word Origin and History for outgrowth

1837, from out (adv.) + growth. Figurative sense "natural product" is earlier (1828).

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