outcome

The result of something, or the consequence of it, is the outcome. If your oldest child announces that your youngest child has climbed onto the roof with a handmade set of wings, you should probably not expect a good outcome. Better run!

The noun outcome refers to the result of a process, but recently, when joined with the word "based", it has become jargon within a variety of industries and you'll see uses like outcome-based medicine and outcome-based budgeting. Outcome-based education, for example, rewards schools and teachers whose students meet certain goals on standardized tests, although critics argue this robs teachers and students of creativity.

Definitions of outcome
  1. noun
    something that results
    synonyms: final result, result, resultant, termination
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    denouement
    the outcome of a complex sequence of events
    deal
    the type of treatment received (especially as the result of an agreement)
    decision
    the outcome of a game or contest
    decision
    (boxing) a victory won on points when no knockout has occurred
    aftermath, consequence
    the outcome of an event especially as relative to an individual
    just deserts, poetic justice
    an outcome in which virtue triumphs over vice (often ironically)
    separation
    the termination of employment (by resignation or dismissal)
    sequel, subsequence
    something that follows something else
    worst
    the least favorable outcome
    fair deal, square deal
    fair treatment
    raw deal
    unfair treatment
    split decision
    a boxing decision in which the judges are not unanimous
    corollary
    a practical consequence that follows naturally
    comeupance, comeuppance, deserts
    an outcome (good or bad) that is well deserved
    fruit
    the consequence of some effort or action
    sequella
    a secondary consequence
    train
    a series of consequences wrought by an event
    payoff, reward, wages
    a recompense for worthy acts or retribution for wrongdoing
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    conclusion, ending, finish
    event whose occurrence ends something
  2. noun
    a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon
    synonyms: consequence, effect, event, issue, result, upshot
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    materialisation, materialization, offspring
    something that comes into existence as a result
    aftereffect
    any result that follows its cause after an interval
    aftermath, backwash, wake
    the consequences of an event (especially a catastrophic event)
    bandwagon effect
    the phenomenon of a popular trend attracting even greater popularity
    brisance
    the shattering or crushing effect of a sudden release of energy as in an explosion
    butterfly effect
    the phenomenon whereby a small change at one place in a complex system can have large effects elsewhere, e.g., a butterfly flapping its wings in Rio de Janeiro might change the weather in Chicago
    by-product, byproduct
    a secondary and sometimes unexpected consequence
    change
    the result of alteration or modification
    coattails effect
    (politics) the consequence of one popular candidate in an election drawing votes for other members of the same political party
    Coriolis effect
    (physics) an effect whereby a body moving in a rotating frame of reference experiences the Coriolis force acting perpendicular to the direction of motion and to the axis of rotation; on Earth the Coriolis effect deflects moving bodies to the right in the northern hemisphere and to the left in the southern hemisphere
    dent
    an appreciable consequence (especially a lessening)
    domino effect
    the consequence of one event setting off a chain of similar events (like a falling domino causing a whole row of upended dominos to fall)
    harvest
    the consequence of an effort or activity
    impact, wallop
    a forceful consequence; a strong effect
    influence
    the effect of one thing (or person) on another
    knock-on effect
    a secondary or incidental effect
    branch, offset, offshoot, outgrowth
    a natural consequence of development
    product
    a consequence of someone's efforts or of a particular set of circumstances
    placebo effect
    any effect that seems to be a consequence of administering a placebo; the change is usually beneficial and is assumed result from the person's faith in the treatment or preconceptions about what the experimental drug was supposed to do; pharmacologists were the first to talk about placebo effects but now the idea has been generalized to many situations having nothing to do with drugs
    position effect
    (genetics) the effect on the expression of a gene that is produced by changing its location in a chromosome
    repercussion, reverberation
    a remote or indirect consequence of some action
    response
    a result
    fallout, side effect
    any adverse and unwanted secondary effect
    spillover
    (economics) any indirect effect of public expenditure
    perturbation
    (physics) a secondary influence on a system that causes it to deviate slightly
    purchase
    a means of exerting influence or gaining advantage
    wind
    a tendency or force that influences events
    reaction
    a response that reveals a person's feelings or attitude
    epiphenomenon
    a secondary phenomenon that is a by-product of another phenomenon
    depolarisation, depolarization
    a loss of polarity or polarization
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    phenomenon
    any state or process known through the senses rather than by intuition or reasoning
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