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.

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

resultant

adj.

1630s, from resultant (adj.) and from Medieval Latin resultantem (nominative resultans), present participle of resultare (see result (v.)).