[ 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.

  1. the conclusion reached by a line of reasoning; inference.

  2. importance or significance: a matter of no consequence.

  3. importance in rank or position; distinction: a man of great consequence in art.

Idioms about consequence

  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

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English (from Anglo-French ), from Latin consequentia. See consequent, -ence

synonym study For consequence

1. See effect. 4. See importance.

Other words for consequence

Opposites for consequence

Other words from consequence

  • non·con·se·quence, noun
  • su·per·con·se·quence, noun

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How to use consequence in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for consequence


/ (ˈkɒnsɪkwəns) /

  1. a result or effect of some previous occurrence

  2. an unpleasant result (esp in the phrase take the consequences)

  1. significance or importance: it's of no consequence; a man of consequence

  2. logic

    • a conclusion reached by reasoning

    • the conclusion of an argument

    • the relations between the conclusion and the premises of a valid argument

  3. the relation between an effect and its cause

  4. in consequence as a result

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Other Idioms and Phrases with consequence


see in consequence; of consequence.

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