consequence

[ kon-si-kwens, -kwuhns ]
/ ˈkɒn sɪˌkwɛns, -kwəns /

noun

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.

Idioms

    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

1350–1400; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin consequentia. See consequent, -ence

Related forms

non·con·se·quence, nounsu·per·con·se·quence, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for consequence

consequence

/ (ˈkɒnsɪkwəns) /

noun

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
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
the relation between an effect and its cause
in consequence as a result
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Idioms and Phrases with consequence

consequence


see in consequence; of consequence.

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