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[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.
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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
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  • Consequentially they ain't got much time left to love you in.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • “Not like London thieves,” said Sydney, consequentially, as if he knew all about London thieves.


    Harriet Martineau

  • “Our family is much older than that,” chimed in the Dodo, consequentially.

  • "By desire of his Majesty," said the jailer, consequentially.

  • "I have a consultation presently," he said, consequentially.

British Dictionary definitions for consequentially


  1. important or significant
  2. self-important; conceited
  3. following as a consequence; resultant, esp indirectlyconsequential loss
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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 consequentially



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

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