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consequence

[kon-si-kwens, -kwuh ns] /ˈkɒn sɪˌkwɛns, -kwəns/
noun
1.
the effect, result, or outcome of something occurring earlier:
The accident was the consequence of reckless driving.
2.
an act or instance of following something as an effect, result, or outcome.
3.
the conclusion reached by a line of reasoning; inference.
4.
importance or significance:
a matter of no consequence.
5.
importance in rank or position; distinction:
a man of great consequence in art.
Idioms
6.
in consequence, consequently; as a result; hence:
He withdrew from the world, and in consequence was forgotten.
7.
in consequence of, as a result of; on account of:
A trial was held in consequence of the investigation.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin consequentia. See consequent, -ence
Related forms
nonconsequence, noun
superconsequence, noun
Synonyms
1. outcome, issue, upshot, sequel. See effect. 4. moment, weight. See importance.
Antonyms
1. cause.
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British Dictionary definitions for consequences

consequences

/ˈkɒnsɪkwənsɪz/
plural noun
1.
(functioning as sing) (Brit) a game in which each player writes down a part of a story, folds over the paper, and passes it on to another player who continues the story. After several stages, the resulting (nonsensical) stories are read out

consequence

/ˈkɒnsɪkwəns/
noun
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)
  1. a conclusion reached by reasoning
  2. the conclusion of an argument
  3. 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 and History for consequences
n.

see consequence. As the name of a round game, attested from 1796.

consequence

n.

late 14c., "inference, conclusion," from Old French consequence "result" (13c., Modern French conséquence), from Latin consequentia, from consequentem (nominative consequens), present participle of consequi "to follow after," from com- "with" (see com-) + sequi "to follow" (see sequel). Sense of "importance" (c.1600) is from notion of being "pregnant with consequences."

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