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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for consequent
Historical Examples
  • These measures were consequent on the investment of Bayonne.

    Cornish Characters S. Baring-Gould
  • Charles had a racking headache, consequent on motoring before food.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • In (a) the antecedent must be affirmed, in (b) the consequent must be denied; otherwise the arguments become fallacious.

  • This causes expansion and consequent distortion and buckling.

  • A bid for popularity, for notoriety: with its consequent financial kudos.

    All Roads Lead to Calvary Jerome K. Jerome
  • This batting of the leader and consequent slacking of the line worried Dan, as it did me.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • The financial problem was to provide for the new purchase and its consequent expenditure without imposing new taxes.

  • That, with all its consequent troubles forme, was what he did mean.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • The ceremony of dubbing a knight, and the consequent embrace formerly customary on the occasion.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • All this time the wind, and the consequent motion of the steamer, increased.

    Rollo in Holland Jacob Abbott
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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