[kon-si-kwens, -kwuhns]
the effect, result, or outcome of something occurring earlier: The accident was the consequence of reckless driving.
an act or instance of following something as an effect, result, or outcome.
the conclusion reached by a line of reasoning; inference.
importance or significance: a matter of no consequence.
importance in rank or position; distinction: a man of great consequence in art.
in consequence, consequently; as a result; hence: He withdrew from the world, and in consequence was forgotten.
in consequence of, as a result of; on account of: A trial was held in consequence of the investigation.

1350–1400; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin consequentia. See consequent, -ence

nonconsequence, noun
superconsequence, noun

1. outcome, issue, upshot, sequel. See effect. 4. moment, weight. See importance.

1. cause. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
consequence (ˈkɒnsɪkwəns)
1.  a result or effect of some previous occurrence
2.  an unpleasant result (esp in the phrase take the consequences)
3.  significance or importance: it's of no consequence; a man of consequence
4.  logic
 a.  a conclusion reached by reasoning
 b.  the conclusion of an argument
 c.  the relations between the conclusion and the premises of a valid argument
5.  the relation between an effect and its cause
6.  in consequence as a result

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from O.Fr. consequence "result," from L. consequentia, from consequentem (nom. consequens), prp. of consequi "to follow after," from com- "with" + sequi "to follow" (see sequel). Sense of "importance" (c.1600) is from notion of being "pregnant with consequences."
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Idioms & Phrases


see in consequence; of consequence.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
Some experts say it is a consequence of imagining the action before you make a
Nonprofits gain their nonprofit status directly as a consequence of their
Social action is not a consequence of belief, in other words.
When these skinks encounter cane toads, they eat them without consequence.
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