consequence

[kon-si-kwens, -kwuhns]
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noun
  1. the effect, result, or outcome of something occurring earlier: The accident was the consequence of reckless driving.
  2. an act or instance of following something as an effect, result, or outcome.
  3. the conclusion reached by a line of reasoning; inference.
  4. importance or significance: a matter of no consequence.
  5. importance in rank or position; distinction: a man of great consequence in art.
Idioms
  1. in consequence, consequently; as a result; hence: He withdrew from the world, and in consequence was forgotten.
  2. in consequence of, as a result of; on account of: A trial was held in consequence of the investigation.

Origin of consequence

1350–1400; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin consequentia. See consequent, -ence
Related formsnon·con·se·quence, nounsu·per·con·se·quence, noun

Synonyms for consequence

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1. outcome, issue, upshot, sequel. See effect. 4. moment, weight. See importance.

Antonyms for consequence

1. cause.
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Examples from the Web for consequence

Contemporary Examples of consequence

Historical Examples of consequence

  • And they would be obeyed, or I never should be restored to their favour, let the consequence be what it would.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • I have absolutely refused the latter, let what will (as I have told her) be the consequence.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • That consequence may be corrected in this phase of our being, or it may be carried over into the next.

  • You belong to the profession, and know what would be the consequence if I did so.

  • Were she to yield to evil she would suffer eternal remorse in consequence.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola


British Dictionary definitions for consequence

consequence

noun
  1. a result or effect of some previous occurrence
  2. an unpleasant result (esp in the phrase take the consequences)
  3. significance or importanceit's of no consequence; a man of consequence
  4. logic
    1. a conclusion reached by reasoning
    2. the conclusion of an argument
    3. the relations between the conclusion and the premises of a valid argument
  5. the relation between an effect and its cause
  6. in consequence as a result
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Word Origin and History for consequence
n.

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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with consequence

consequence

see in consequence; of consequence.

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