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[in-kon-si-kwent, -kwuh nt] /ɪnˈkɒn sɪˌkwɛnt, -kwənt/
characterized by lack of proper sequence in thought, speech, or action.
characterized by lack of logical sequence; illogical; inconsecutive:
inconsequent reasoning.
an inconsequent remark.
not following from the premises:
an inconsequent deduction.
not in keeping with the general character or design; inconsistent:
inconsequent ornamentation.
without worth or consequence; trivial:
a frivolous, inconsequent young man.
Origin of inconsequent
1570-80; < Late Latin inconsequent- (stem of inconsequēns) not following. See in-3, consequent
Related forms
inconsequence, inconsequentness, noun
inconsequently, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • inconsequent, wholly illogical, utterly indefensible explosions.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • Impetuous as he was inconsequent, M. de Kercadiou was bristling again.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • Why should they do everything so inconsequent, so improbable, so preposterous?

    The Tragic Muse

    Henry James
  • His remark was so inconsequent that Lucy found nothing to say.

    The Explorer W. Somerset Maugham
  • They were of both sexes, and upon the whole they were a silly, inconsequent set.

    The Message Alec John Dawson
  • Billy returned as young, as inconsequent, as irrepressible as ever.

    The Mistress of Shenstone Florence L. Barclay
  • Why, then, these inconsequent and these irritating denunciations?

  • Peterborough feared, he must say, that we were an inconsequent people.

  • Moronval finally concluded that a creature so inconsequent must be dazzled, not led.

    Jack Alphonse Daudet
  • Patty fluttered around the house in a sort of inconsequent delight.

    Patty's Summer Days

    Carolyn Wells
Word Origin and History for inconsequent

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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