[ kon-si-kwent, -kwuh nt ]
/ ˈkɒn sɪˌkwɛnt, -kwənt /


following as an effect or result; resulting (often followed by on, upon, or to): a fall in price consequent to a rise in production.
following as a logical conclusion: a consequent law.
following or progressing logically: consequent reasoning.


anything that follows upon something else, with or without a causal relationship.
Logic. the second member of a conditional proposition, as “Caesar was a great general” in “If Caesar conquered Gaul, he was a great general.”
  1. the second term of a ratio.
  2. the second of two vectors in a dyad.

Origin of consequent

1350–1400; Middle English (noun) < Latin consequent- (stem of consequēns, present participle of consequī to follow closely). See con-, sequent

Related forms

non·con·se·quent, adjective

Can be confused

consequent subsequent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for consequent


/ (ˈkɒnsɪkwənt) /


following as an effect or result
following as a logical conclusion or by rational argument
(of a river) flowing in the direction of the original slope of the land or dip of the strata


Word Origin for consequent

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


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