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Definition of "residual" []

  • Of, relating to, or characteristic of a residue. (adjective)
  • Remaining as a residue. (adjective)
  • The quantity left over at the end of a process; a remainder. (noun)
  • A payment made to a performer, writer, or director for each repeat showing of a recorded television show or commercial. Often used in the plural. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "residual" in a sentence
  • "We all know by now the term residual income I hope?"
  • "So what's neat about that is what we call a residual haunting."
  • "This is what we call a residual income, which means you will get paid time and time again for work you do once."