[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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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

consequences (ˈkɒnsɪkwənsɪz)
pl n
(Brit) (functioning as singular) 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

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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."

see consequence. As the name of a round game, attested from 1796.
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Example sentences
She's made an inner memo to renounce flirtations and any consequences that
  might result from them.
Environmentalists are probably worrying too much about the immediate
  consequences of fracking.
Now the focus is on inequality itself, and its supposedly pernicious
Another example of the law of unintended consequences, but this time it seems
  to be a positive consequence.
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