V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


adjective, noun

Definition: (adj.) remaining after the original is gone; (n.) something that remains after the original thing or part of it is gone

Synonyms: remainder, remaining, remnant

Antonyms: original

Tips: The essential meaning of residual is that of something being left over, whether it's used as a noun or adjective. Residual is closely related to the word residue which also denotes something that is left after something else. Residual income, for example, is money that continues to be paid after a job has been completed. Actors, for instance, receive residuals (n.) (continued payment) from their TV shows that have gone into syndication--this is residual (adj.) income.

Usage Examples:

He hasn't had an acting job for years, but he still receives residual income from the sitcom in which he starred. (left over, remaining) adjective

I've been living on residuals from a previous job for years. (remnants, remaining money) noun

I had the residual taste of garlic in my mouth for hours after that Italian dinner. (remnant, remaining) adjective

I didn't have any residual anger after she apologized to me. (remaining) adjective

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