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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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  • Most were subsequently found alive after having become hopelessly lost in dense underbrush and rugged volcanic terrain.
  • Many were subsequently released or escaped into the wild, where they spread the disease.
  • As it does, scientists suspect the larva leaves venoms behind that subsequently alter the ladybug's behavior.
  • Many of the afflicted animals subsequently die of starvation.
  • The ape subsequently tore apart and ate the smaller primate.
  • Eight further specimens were subsequently unearthed.
  • Colleagues subsequently found other dead specimens for sale.
  • subsequently the birds avoided all similar-looking frogs, even those that weren't exact mimics.
  • The parasites are subsequently washed into the ocean where they can get into sea otter foods, such as clams and mussels.
  • The status of these collared individuals was subsequently checked from the ground and from the air from using satellite imagery.
British Dictionary definitions for subsequently


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 subsequently



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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