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Definition of outcome noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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the final result of an action or event We are waiting to hear the outcome of the negotiations. These costs are payable whatever the outcome of the case. We are confident of a successful outcome. Four possible outcomes have been identified. Thesaurusresultconsequence outcome repercussionThese are all words for a thing that is caused because of something else.result a thing that is caused or produced by something else:She died as a result of her injuries. This book is the result of 25 years of research.consequence (somewhat formal) a result of something that has happened, especially a bad result:This decision could have serious consequences for the industry. Consequences is used most frequently to talk about possible negative results of an action. It is commonly used with such words as adverse, dire, disastrous, fatal, harmful, negative, serious, tragic, and unfortunate. Even when there is no adjective, consequences often suggests negative results.outcome the final result of an action or a process:We are waiting to hear the outcome of the negotiations.result or outcome?Result is often used to talk about things that are caused directly by something else:Aggression is often the result of fear.Outcome is more often used to talk about what happens at the end of a process, when the exact relation of cause and effect is less clear:Aggression is often the outcome of fear.Result is often used after an event to talk about what happened. Outcome is often used before an action or a process to talk about what is likely to happen.repercussion (somewhat formal) an indirect and usually bad result of an action or event that may happen some time afterwardPatterns to have consequences/repercussions for somebody/something with the result/consequence/outcome >that…> the possible result/consequences/outcome/repercussions the likely/inevitable result/consequences/outcome (a) negative results/consequences/outcome/repercussions far-reaching/serious results/consequences/repercussions to have a result/consequences/an outcome/repercussions
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