[kon-si-kwens, -kwuhns]
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  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.
  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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for consequence


  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

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."

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Idioms and Phrases with consequence


see in consequence; of consequence.

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