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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).


  • IPA(key): /kɒˈɹɒləɹi/, /ˈkɒɹələɹi/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈkɔɹəˌlɛɹi/


corollary (plural corollaries)

  1. Something given beyond what is actually due; something added or superfluous.
  2. 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.
  3. (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.



corollary (comparative more corollary, superlative most corollary)

  1. Forming a proposition that follows from one already proved.

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