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inconsequent

[in-kon-si-kwent, -kwuh nt] /ɪnˈkɒn sɪˌkwɛnt, -kwənt/
adjective
1.
characterized by lack of proper sequence in thought, speech, or action.
2.
characterized by lack of logical sequence; illogical; inconsecutive:
inconsequent reasoning.
3.
irrelevant:
an inconsequent remark.
4.
not following from the premises:
an inconsequent deduction.
5.
not in keeping with the general character or design; inconsistent:
inconsequent ornamentation.
6.
without worth or consequence; trivial:
a frivolous, inconsequent young man.
Origin of inconsequent
1570-1580
1570-80; < Late Latin inconsequent- (stem of inconsequēns) not following. See in-3, consequent
Related forms
inconsequence, inconsequentness, noun
inconsequently, adverb
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  • Then he added with inconsequence: "You'll come to England, won't you?"

  • The great rush of modern life is apt to produce an inconsequence of action.

    Three Things Elinor Glyn
  • She stood reminded; but, throwing it off, she had her first inconsequence.

    The Two Magics Henry James
  • Nothing that tends to make home bright is a matter of inconsequence, and this least of all.

    Folly as It Flies Fanny Fern
  • Never is there a lying back in satisfaction or inconsequence.

    The Hive

    Will Levington Comfort
  • They might merely prove the inconsequence of the authors thought.

    The Fruits of Victory Norman Angell
  • It had lost the inconsequence of childhood, and taken on the maturity of the woman.

    Barbara Lynn Emily J. Jenkinson
  • I am frightened, I laugh at the inconsequence of our social order.

    The Thirteen Honore de Balzac
  • But this Linda ignored from her wide sense of the inconsequence of most things.

    Linda Condon Joseph Hergesheimer
Word Origin and History for inconsequence
n.

1580s, from Latin inconsequentia, from inconsequens (see inconsequent).

inconsequent

adj.

1570s, "not following as a logical conclusion," from Latin inconsequentem (nominative inconsequens) "not logically connected," from in- "not, opposite of, without" (see in- (1)) + consequens, past participle of consequi "to follow" (see consequence).

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