[in-kon-si-kwent, -kwuh nt]


characterized by lack of proper sequence in thought, speech, or action.
characterized by lack of logical sequence; illogical; inconsecutive: inconsequent reasoning.
irrelevant: an inconsequent remark.
not following from the premises: an inconsequent deduction.
not in keeping with the general character or design; inconsistent: inconsequent ornamentation.
without worth or consequence; trivial: a frivolous, inconsequent young man.

Origin of inconsequent

1570–80; < Late Latin inconsequent- (stem of inconsequēns) not following. See in-3, consequent
Related formsin·con·se·quence, in·con·se·quent·ness, nounin·con·se·quent·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of inconsequence

Historical Examples of inconsequence

  • Then he added with inconsequence: "You'll come to England, won't you?"

  • The great rush of modern life is apt to produce an inconsequence of action.

    Three Things

    Elinor Glyn

  • She stood reminded; but, throwing it off, she had her first inconsequence.

    The Two Magics

    Henry James

  • Nothing that tends to make home bright is a matter of inconsequence, and this least of all.

  • Never is there a lying back in satisfaction or inconsequence.

    The Hive

    Will Levington Comfort

Word Origin and History for inconsequence

1580s, from Latin inconsequentia, from inconsequens (see inconsequent).



1570s, "not following as a logical conclusion," from Latin inconsequentem (nominative inconsequens) "not logically connected," from in- "not, opposite of, without" (see in- (1)) + consequens, past participle of consequi "to follow" (see consequence).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper