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inconsequent

[in-kon-si-kwent, -kwuh nt] /ɪnˈkɒn sɪˌkwɛnt, -kwənt/
adjective
1.
characterized by lack of proper sequence in thought, speech, or action.
2.
characterized by lack of logical sequence; illogical; inconsecutive:
inconsequent reasoning.
3.
irrelevant:
an inconsequent remark.
4.
not following from the premises:
an inconsequent deduction.
5.
not in keeping with the general character or design; inconsistent:
inconsequent ornamentation.
6.
without worth or consequence; trivial:
a frivolous, inconsequent young man.
Origin of inconsequent
1570-1580
1570-80; < Late Latin inconsequent- (stem of inconsequēns) not following. See in-3, consequent
Related forms
inconsequence, inconsequentness, noun
inconsequently, adverb
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  • Why, then, these inconsequent and these irritating denunciations?

  • They were of both sexes, and upon the whole they were a silly, inconsequent set.

    The Message Alec John Dawson
  • The Chevalier, even with his inconsequent knowledge of the tongue, caught the meaning of some of the words.

    The Grey Cloak Harold MacGrath
  • Billy returned as young, as inconsequent, as irrepressible as ever.

    The Mistress of Shenstone Florence L. Barclay
  • He knew his cousin better than any in the Frauengasse had learnt to know this gay and inconsequent Frenchman.

    Barlasch of the Guard H. S. Merriman
  • Moronval finally concluded that a creature so inconsequent must be dazzled, not led.

    Jack Alphonse Daudet
  • Patty fluttered around the house in a sort of inconsequent delight.

    Patty's Summer Days Carolyn Wells
  • I mean that she is as responsible as a man; she is not inconsequent.

    Unveiling a Parallel Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Marchant
  • Of the beginnings of the Idaho camps there have trickled back into record only brief, inconsequent, and partial stories.

  • If this is inconsequent it is the fault of the saying and not of the dictionary.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
Word Origin and History for inconsequent
adj.

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).

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