[kon-si-kwen-shuh l]


following as an effect, result, or outcome; resultant; consequent.
following as a logical conclusion or inference; logically consistent.
of consequence or importance: a consequential man in his field.
self-important; pompous.

Origin of consequential

1620–30; < Latin consequenti(a) consequence + -al1
Related formscon·se·quen·ti·al·i·ty, con·se·quen·tial·ness, nouncon·se·quen·tial·ly, adverbnon·con·se·quen·tial, adjectivenon·con·se·quen·tial·ly, adverbnon·con·se·quen·tial·ness, nounnon·con·se·quen·ti·al·i·ty, nounqua·si-con·se·quen·tial, adjectivequa·si-con·se·quen·tial·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for consequential

Contemporary Examples of consequential

Historical Examples of consequential

  • In the midst of all this Lantier put on the most consequential airs.


    Emile Zola

  • But also at Hurstley now are found its consequential blessings.

  • “But I know he would,” cried Bob, who spoke in the most consequential manner.

    Devon Boys

    George Manville Fenn

  • Events, are consequential or inconsequential irrespective of their size.

    The Celebrity, Complete

    Winston Churchill

  • "Yes, yes, my dear sir," said Collins with consequential urbanity.

    Mrs. Thompson

    William Babington Maxwell

British Dictionary definitions for consequential



important or significant
self-important; conceited
following as a consequence; resultant, esp indirectlyconsequential loss
Derived Formsconsequentiality or consequentialness, nounconsequentially, adverb


Although both consequential and consequent can refer to something which happens as the result of something else, consequent is more common in this sense in modern English: the new measures were put into effect, and the consequent protest led to the dismissal of those responsible
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Word Origin and History for consequential

1620s, from consequent (Latin consequentia) + -al (1). Meaning "pregnant with consequences, important" is recorded from 1728. Related: Consequentially (c.1600).

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