- 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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- 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 in 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."
Idioms and Phrases with in consequence
As a result, therefore, as in She was away for years and in consequence has few friends here. The prepositional phrase in consequence of means “as a result of,” as in In consequence of this finding, there is sure to be further investigation. [Late 1600s]