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[kon-si-kwen-shuh l] /ˌkɒn sɪˈkwɛn ʃəl/
following as an effect, result, or outcome; resultant; consequent.
following as a logical conclusion or inference; logically consistent.
of consequence or importance:
a consequential man in his field.
self-important; pompous.
Origin of consequential
1620-30; < Latin consequenti(a) consequence + -al1
Related forms
consequentiality, consequentialness, noun
consequentially, adverb
nonconsequential, adjective
nonconsequentially, adverb
nonconsequentialness, noun
nonconsequentiality, noun
quasi-consequential, adjective
quasi-consequentially, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for consequential
  • Yet no matter how consequential or dramatic, their impact in retrospect.
  • We are in a new zone, where the stakes are more consequential.
  • The mood in emerging markets is both unusual and consequential.
  • The challenge is sorting out the consequential from the not-so-much.
  • The effects of facial expression are seen as modest, though consequential.
  • There will be costs and consequential unsatisfied wants.
  • The effect of their positions on tax policy, capitalism and national defense are far more consequential to this voter.
  • One consequential accident and we'll want to throw those researchers in jail.
  • Plus, the sandal may be consequential but people aren't as interested anymore.
  • The program was novel and complicated enough that the court's decision on the merits might not be particularly consequential.
British Dictionary definitions for consequential


important or significant
self-important; conceited
following as a consequence; resultant, esp indirectly: consequential loss
Derived Forms
consequentiality, consequentialness, noun
consequentially, adverb
Usage note
Although both consequential and consequent can refer to something which happens as the result of something else, consequent is more common in this sense in modern English: the new measures were put into effect, and the consequent protest led to the dismissal of those responsible
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for consequential

1620s, from consequent (Latin consequentia) + -al (1). Meaning "pregnant with consequences, important" is recorded from 1728. Related: Consequentially (c.1600).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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