- the effect, result, or outcome of something occurring earlier: The accident was the consequence of reckless driving.
- an act or instance of following something as an effect, result, or outcome.
- the conclusion reached by a line of reasoning; inference.
- importance or significance: a matter of no consequence.
- importance in rank or position; distinction: a man of great consequence in art.
- in consequence, consequently; as a result; hence: He withdrew from the world, and in consequence was forgotten.
- in consequence of, as a result of; on account of: A trial was held in consequence of the investigation.
Origin of consequence
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Examples from the Web for consequence
Students deemed “responsible” for alleged sexual assaults on college campuses can face little or no consequence for their acts.Jameis Winston Cleared of Rape Like Every Other College Sports Star
December 22, 2014
As a consequence, ties between Ankara and Cairo were thrown into crisis.Turkey Takes in ‘Terrorists’ from the Muslim Brotherhood
September 19, 2014
He wants to get back in they sky, where the sense of danger and consequence is palpable.Ethan Hawke's 'Good Kill': A Searing Indictment of America's Drone Warfare Obsession
September 6, 2014
Dincer expects calls for an independent Kurdistan to grow louder as a consequence of the fighting.PKK Kurdish Terrorists Are Fighting IS Terrorists With U.S. Help
August 16, 2014
As a consequence, the faculty is typically more liberal than the mission statement of its institution.The Christian Reformed Church Still Won’t Stand Up For Science
Karl W. Giberson
June 29, 2014
And they would be obeyed, or I never should be restored to their favour, let the consequence be what it would.
I have absolutely refused the latter, let what will (as I have told her) be the consequence.
That consequence may be corrected in this phase of our being, or it may be carried over into the next.The Conquest of Fear
You belong to the profession, and know what would be the consequence if I did so.The Imaginary Invalid
The consequence of all this was a piece of light-hearted desperation.Passages from a Relinquished Work (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
- a result or effect of some previous occurrence
- an unpleasant result (esp in the phrase take the consequences)
- significance or importanceit's of no consequence; a man of consequence
- a conclusion reached by reasoning
- the conclusion of an argument
- the relations between the conclusion and the premises of a valid argument
- the relation between an effect and its cause
- in consequence as a result
Word Origin and History for consequence
late 14c., "inference, conclusion," from Old French consequence "result" (13c., Modern French conséquence), from Latin consequentia, from consequentem (nominative consequens), present participle of consequi "to follow after," from com- "with" (see com-) + sequi "to follow" (see sequel). Sense of "importance" (c.1600) is from notion of being "pregnant with consequences."