[kon-si-kwen-shuh l]
  1. following as an effect, result, or outcome; resultant; consequent.
  2. following as a logical conclusion or inference; logically consistent.
  3. of consequence or importance: a consequential man in his field.
  4. 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. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of consequentiality

Historical Examples of consequentiality

  • Lee's consequentiality had something painful about it at times.

    The Debtor

    Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

British Dictionary definitions for consequentiality


  1. important or significant
  2. self-important; conceited
  3. 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 consequentiality



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

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