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[kon-si-kwent, -kwuh nt]
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  1. following as an effect or result; resulting (often followed by on, upon, or to): a fall in price consequent to a rise in production.
  2. following as a logical conclusion: a consequent law.
  3. following or progressing logically: consequent reasoning.
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  1. anything that follows upon something else, with or without a causal relationship.
  2. Logic. the second member of a conditional proposition, as “Caesar was a great general” in “If Caesar conquered Gaul, he was a great general.”
  3. Mathematics.
    1. the second term of a ratio.
    2. the second of two vectors in a dyad.
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Origin of consequent

1350–1400; Middle English (noun) < Latin consequent- (stem of consequēns, present participle of consequī to follow closely). See con-, sequent
Related formsnon·con·se·quent, adjective
Can be confusedconsequent subsequent
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Examples from the Web for consequent

Historical Examples

  • The consequent depth of green malt when loaded is over 10 inches.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 433, April 19, 1884


  • Therefore, he had disobeyed the will of both the gods, and earned the consequent punishment.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • Each series of movements is consequent on a series of volitions.

  • Charles had a racking headache, consequent on motoring before food.

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

  • Consequent we said we wished we could buy and get rich, too.

    The Depot Master

    Joseph C. Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for consequent


  1. following as an effect or result
  2. following as a logical conclusion or by rational argument
  3. (of a river) flowing in the direction of the original slope of the land or dip of the strata
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  1. something that follows something else, esp as a result
  2. logic the resultant clause in a conditional sentence
  3. affirming the consequent logic the fallacy of inferring the antecedent of a conditional sentence, given the truth of the conditional and its consequent, as if John is six feet tall, he's more than five feet: he's more than five feet so he's six feet
  4. an obsolete term for denominator (def. 1)
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Word Origin

C15: from Latin consequēns following closely, from consequī to pursue


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Word Origin and History for consequent


late 14c., in various senses now restricted to consequence, from Middle French conséquent "following, resulting," from Latin consequentem (nominative consequens); see consequence. Meaning "an event which follows another" is from 1610s. Mathematical sense is from 1560s. Related: Consequently.

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