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[suhb-si-kwuh nt] /ˈsʌb sɪ kwənt/
occurring or coming later or after (often followed by to): subsequent events;
Subsequent to their arrival in Chicago, they bought a new car.
following in order or succession; succeeding:
a subsequent section in a treaty.
Origin of subsequent
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Latin subsequent- (stem of subsequēns), present participle of subsequī to follow close behind, equivalent to sub- sub- + sequ(ī) to follow + -ent- -ent
Related forms
subsequently, adverb
Can be confused
consequent, subsequent. Unabridged
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  • Fledgling kookaburras generally remain with their parents to help care for the subsequent clutch.
  • It required not one, but two, subsequent questions to break the tie.
  • Their subsequent feeding, after they were given a choice of foods, was then monitored.
  • However, subsequent efforts to confirm the existence of this population failed.
  • The bodies continued washing ashore in subsequent weeks.
  • subsequent empresses put their own stamp on the building, overseeing a continuing series of additions and renovations.
  • The subsequent slump is now forgotten: prices are back close to the peaks.
  • The original earthquake and the subsequent tsunami-the triggers of the nuclear nightmare-have almost been overshadowed.
  • Furthermore, when markets do reach a bottom, high-yielding stocks tend to perform best in the subsequent recovery.
  • Its subsequent economic recovery has been swift and strong.
British Dictionary definitions for subsequent


occurring after; succeeding
Derived Forms
subsequently, adverb
subsequentness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin subsequēns following on, from subsequī, from sub- near + sequī to follow
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Word Origin and History for subsequent

mid-15c., from Middle French subséquent (14c.), from Latin subsequentem (nominative subsequens), present participle of subsequi "to follow closely," from sub "closely, up to" (see sub-) + sequi "follow." Related: Subsequently.

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