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[in-kon-si-kwent, -kwuh nt] /ɪnˈkɒn sɪˌkwɛnt, -kwənt/
characterized by lack of proper sequence in thought, speech, or action.
characterized by lack of logical sequence; illogical; inconsecutive:
inconsequent reasoning.
an inconsequent remark.
not following from the premises:
an inconsequent deduction.
not in keeping with the general character or design; inconsistent:
inconsequent ornamentation.
without worth or consequence; trivial:
a frivolous, inconsequent young man.
Origin of inconsequent
1570-80; < Late Latin inconsequent- (stem of inconsequēns) not following. See in-3, consequent
Related forms
inconsequence, inconsequentness, noun
inconsequently, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Where now he realized only his own inconsequence, effort would make him aware of his own impotency and insufficiency.

    This Side of Paradise F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The great rush of modern life is apt to produce an inconsequence of action.

    Three Things Elinor Glyn
  • She knew that there was no precipitance—no inconsequence—with Him.

    The Other Girls Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
  • But this Linda ignored from her wide sense of the inconsequence of most things.

    Linda Condon Joseph Hergesheimer
  • The deeper questions of motive and the inconsequence of some of her actions he preferred to leave till later.

    The Moon Rock Arthur J. Rees
  • Dorothy was a singular mixture of capability and inconsequence.

    The Dorrance Domain Carolyn Wells
  • They would often act with an inconsequence that was really puzzling.

  • He flew to another thought with the inconsequence of the drunken.

    Merton of the Movies Harry Leon Wilson
  • And to say, "Because of the false brethren Titus was not compelled to be circumcised," is simply an inconsequence.

Word Origin and History for inconsequence

1580s, from Latin inconsequentia, from inconsequens (see inconsequent).



1570s, "not following as a logical conclusion," from Latin inconsequentem (nominative inconsequens) "not logically connected," from in- "not, opposite of, without" (see in- (1)) + consequens, past participle of consequi "to follow" (see consequence).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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