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[suhb-si-kwuh nt]
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  1. occurring or coming later or after (often followed by to): subsequent events; Subsequent to their arrival in Chicago, they bought a new car.
  2. following in order or succession; succeeding: a subsequent section in a treaty.
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Origin of subsequent

1425–75; late Middle English < Latin subsequent- (stem of subsequēns), present participle of subsequī to follow close behind, equivalent to sub- sub- + sequ(ī) to follow + -ent- -ent
Related formssub·se·quent·ly, adverb
Can be confusedconsequent subsequent
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  1. occurring after; succeeding
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Derived Formssubsequently, adverbsubsequentness, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Latin subsequēns following on, from subsequī, from sub- near + sequī to follow
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Word Origin and History for subsequently



mid-15c., from Middle French subséquent (14c.), from Latin subsequentem (nominative subsequens), present participle of subsequi "to follow closely," from sub "closely, up to" (see sub-) + sequi "follow." Related: Subsequently.

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