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[kon-si-kwen-shuh l] /ˌkɒn sɪˈkwɛn ʃəl/
following as an effect, result, or outcome; resultant; consequent.
following as a logical conclusion or inference; logically consistent.
of consequence or importance:
a consequential man in his field.
self-important; pompous.
Origin of consequential
1620-30; < Latin consequenti(a) consequence + -al1
Related forms
consequentiality, consequentialness, noun
consequentially, adverb
nonconsequential, adjective
nonconsequentially, adverb
nonconsequentialness, noun
nonconsequentiality, noun
quasi-consequential, adjective
quasi-consequentially, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for consequential
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  • In the midst of all this Lantier put on the most consequential airs.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • But also at Hurstley now are found its consequential blessings.

  • “But I know he would,” cried Bob, who spoke in the most consequential manner.

    Devon Boys George Manville Fenn
  • Events, are consequential or inconsequential irrespective of their size.

    The Celebrity, Complete Winston Churchill
  • "Yes, yes, my dear sir," said Collins with consequential urbanity.

    Mrs. Thompson William Babington Maxwell
British Dictionary definitions for consequential


important or significant
self-important; conceited
following as a consequence; resultant, esp indirectly: consequential loss
Derived Forms
consequentiality, consequentialness, noun
consequentially, adverb
Usage note
Although both consequential and consequent can refer to something which happens as the result of something else, consequent is more common in this sense in modern English: the new measures were put into effect, and the consequent protest led to the dismissal of those responsible
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Word Origin and History for consequential

1620s, from consequent (Latin consequentia) + -al (1). Meaning "pregnant with consequences, important" is recorded from 1728. Related: Consequentially (c.1600).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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