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[kon-si-kwent, -kwuh nt] /ˈkɒn sɪˌkwɛnt, -kwənt/
following as an effect or result; resulting (often followed by on, upon, or to):
a fall in price consequent to a rise in production.
following as a logical conclusion:
a consequent law.
following or progressing logically:
consequent reasoning.
anything that follows upon something else, with or without a causal relationship.
Logic. the second member of a conditional proposition, as “Caesar was a great general” in “If Caesar conquered Gaul, he was a great general.”.
  1. the second term of a ratio.
  2. the second of two vectors in a dyad.
Origin of consequent
1350-1400; Middle English (noun) < Latin consequent- (stem of consequēns, present participle of consequī to follow closely). See con-, sequent
Related forms
nonconsequent, adjective
Can be confused
consequent, subsequent. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for consequent
  • First, the economy and consequent employment outlook for college graduates.
  • The true test of its value is not the length and density of its expression, it is the consequent actions.
  • The idea that debt is necessary for trade, and has to be forgiven, is consequent to the rise of a market economy.
  • The energy requirements, and consequent overheating, is my guess as to why they can only keep these mice aloft for a few hours.
  • Both have been discredited-the first by its failure, the second by its success and consequent exposure as ineffective.
  • The consequent separation of buyer, seller, and commodity made the commercial traveler with his sample case seem a necessity.
  • It also speaks about the connectivity, diversity and consequent creativity that comes from that environment.
  • However, the possibility of such a link was raised and consequent events have had major implications for public health.
  • The consequent change of government and drastic budgetary measures have been described well enough in any number of newspapers.
  • Nor will there be an attempt to avoid the proportions which are consequent.
British Dictionary definitions for consequent


following as an effect or result
following as a logical conclusion or by rational argument
(of a river) flowing in the direction of the original slope of the land or dip of the strata
something that follows something else, esp as a result
(logic) the resultant clause in a conditional sentence
(logic) affirming the consequent, the fallacy of inferring the antecedent of a conditional sentence, given the truth of the conditional and its consequent, as if John is six feet tall, he's more than five feet: he's more than five feet so he's six feet
an obsolete term for denominator (sense 1)
Word Origin
C15: from Latin consequēns following closely, from consequī to pursue
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Word Origin and History for consequent

late 14c., in various senses now restricted to consequence, from Middle French conséquent "following, resulting," from Latin consequentem (nominative consequens); see consequence. Meaning "an event which follows another" is from 1610s. Mathematical sense is from 1560s. Related: Consequently.

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