- 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 consequences
They were going to tell their story, consequences be damned.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003
January 7, 2015
His next book is Government against Itself: Public Union Power and Its Consequences (Oxford) due out in January 2015.How Public Sector Unions Divide the Democrats
December 29, 2014
Silver State casino bosses were told to part company with Cuba or face the consequences.Will Hyman Roth Return to Havana With Normalized Relations?
John L. Smith
December 18, 2014
But he had already begun to start speaking his truth, consequences be damned.How Richard Pryor Beat Bill Cosby and Transformed America
David Yaffe, Scott Saul
December 10, 2014
I think I know why there are no consequences for police officers!Even Grade School Kids Are Protesting the Garner Killing Now
December 6, 2014
He was bold enough to brave the consequences of this act, which he foresaw clearly.Brave and Bold
These theories were also in their consequences far-reaching.'Tis Sixty Years Since
Charles Francis Adams
But what is the real value, what will be the consequences, of our victory?
I have not read his book, but its consequences speak for it.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
Your father takes it upon himself to be answerable for all consequences.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
- (functioning as singular) British a game in which each player writes down a part of a story, folds over the paper, and passes it on to another player who continues the story. After several stages, the resulting (nonsensical) stories are read out
- 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 consequences
see consequence. As the name of a round game, attested from 1796.
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."