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noun con·se·quence \ˈkän(t)-sə-ˌkwen(t)s, -kwən(t)s\

Simple Definition of consequence

  • : something that happens as a result of a particular action or set of conditions

  • : importance or value

Full Definition of consequence

  1. 1 :  a conclusion derived through logic :  inference

  2. 2 :  something produced by a cause or necessarily following from a set of conditions <the economic consequences of the war>

  3. 3 a :  importance with respect to power to produce an effect <a mistake of no consequence> b :  social importance

  4. 4 :  the appearance of importance; especially :  self-importance

in consequence
  1. :  as a result

Examples of consequence

  1. The slightest error can have serious consequences.

  2. What were the economic consequences of the war?

  3. The decrease in sales was a consequence of some bad publicity about the company.

  4. Some say many jobs will be lost as a consequence of the trade agreement.

  5. He weighed the consequences of making a career change.

  6. The style you choose is of no consequence.

14th Century

First Known Use of consequence

14th century

Synonym Discussion of consequence

importance, consequence, moment, weight, significance mean a quality or aspect having great worth or significance. importance implies a value judgment of the superior worth or influence of something or someone <a region with no cities of importance>. consequence generally implies importance because of probable or possible effects <the style you choose is of little consequence>. moment implies conspicuous or self-evident consequence <a decision of great moment>. weight implies a judgment of the immediate relative importance of something <the argument carried no weight with the judge>. significance implies a quality or character that should mark a thing as important but that is not self-evident and may or may not be recognized <the treaty's significance>.

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February 7, 2016

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