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remaining after the greater part or quantity has gone:the withdrawal of residual occupying forces (of a quantity) left after other things have been subtracted:residual income after tax and mortgage payments (of a physical state or property) remaining after the removal of or present in the absence of a causative agent:residual stenosis (of an experimental or arithmetical error) not accounted for or eliminated. (of a soil or other deposit) formed in situ by weathering.
a quantity remaining after other things have been subtracted or allowed for. a difference between a value measured in a scientific experiment and the theoretical or true value. a royalty paid to a performer, writer, etc., for a repeat of a play, television show, etc.. Geology a portion of rocky or high ground remaining after erosion. the resale value of a new car or other item at a specified time after purchase, expressed as a percentage of its purchase price.