# What is the difference between an outcome and an event?

Outcome and Event are both terms of Probability that will be discussed here.

## Answer: The difference between an outcome and an event is - an event is the total number of outcomes whereas an outcome is the result of an event.

Let's understand the difference by taking some examples.

**Explanation:**

Probability can be defined as the ratio of the number of favorable outcomes to the total number of outcomes of an event.

A trial with a clearly defined outcome is an event. The total number of outcomes of a random experiment is called an event.

Outcomes are the result of a trial. All possible results of an event are known as the outcome of that event.

Let's take an example to understand this.

Example: Probability of getting the desired number by rolling a die

Here the event is rolling a die.

The outcome is all the possible results of this event that is, {1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6}.

The probability of getting the desired number while rolling a die is,

Probability of the event = Number of a favorable outcome to get the desired number / Total number of possible outcomes

We can use Cuemath's online event probability calculator to calculate the probability of a given event.

### Thus, we have understood the difference between an outcome and an event.

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