Corollary definition

kôrə-lĕrē, kŏr-
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A natural consequence or effect; a result.
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A proposition that follows with little or no proof required from one already proven.
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Anything that follows as a normal result.
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A corollary is defined as an idea formed from something that is already proved.

If a+b=c, then an example of a corollary is that c-b=a.

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Consequent; resultant.
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The definition of a corollary is a natural consequence, or a result that naturally follows.

Obesity is an example of a corollary of regularly over-eating.

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A deduction or an inference.
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An inference or deduction.
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Something which occurs a fortiori, as a result of another effort without significant additional effort.

Finally getting that cracked window fixed was a nice corollary of redoing the whole storefont.

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Something given beyond what is actually due; something added or superfluous.
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A statement that follows with little or no proof required from an already proven statement. For example, it is a theorem in geometry that the angles opposite two congruent sides of a triangle are also congruent. A corollary to that statement is that an equilateral triangle is also equiangular.
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A proposition that follows from another that has been proved.
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(mathematics, logic) A proposition which follows easily from the proof of another proposition.

We have proven that this set is finite and well ordered; as a corollary, we now know that there is an order-preserving map from it to the natural numbers.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
corollary
Plural:
corollaries

Origin of corollary

  • Middle English corolarie from Latin corōllārium money paid for a garland, gratuity from corōlla small garland corolla

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Late Latin corōllārium (“deduction, consequence, originally money paid for a garland, hence gift, gratuity, something extra”), from corōlla (“small garland”), diminutive of corōna (“crown”).

    From Wiktionary