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adjective sub·se·quent \ˈsəb-si-kwənt, -sə-ˌkwent\

Simple Definition of subsequent

  • : happening or coming after something else

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of subsequent

  1. :  following in time, order, or place <subsequent events> <a subsequent clause in the treaty>

subsequent noun
subsequently play \-ˌkwent-lē, -kwənt-\ adverb

Examples of subsequent in a sentence

  1. Her subsequent account of her ordeal, “The Upstairs Room” (1972), was a young adult tour de force, winning a Newbery Honor and other awards. Compared with Anne Frank's “Diary of a Young Girl,” it is sparer and sterner. —Leslie Garis, New York Times Book Review, 22 Feb. 2009

  2. In the past, collectors would often hand over partial ownership of a painting—usually from 10% to 20%—and take a tax deduction for an equivalent percentage of the appraised value. The write-off on subsequent donations could rise each time the painting's value grew. Donors got a tax break, and museums got the art to exhibit for a period of time each year. Many such paintings were ultimately bequeathed to the museums. —Jeanne McDowell, Time, 20 Nov. 2006

  3. In 1991, the Nurses' Health Study found that women receiving hormone therapy (estrogen and progestin) enjoyed a big (44 percent) reduction in the risk of coronary artery disease, and millions of women were encouraged to begin the therapy to counteract the effects of menopause. But in 2002, the Women's Health Initiative produced a radically different conclusion: Hormone therapy increases the risk of coronary events in post-menopausal women by 20 percent. A subsequent study confirmed that result. —Wilson Quarterly, Autumn 2005

  4. The rate of population growth reached a peak in 1999 and declined in subsequent years.

  5. Her work had a great influence on subsequent generations.

  6. Subsequent studies confirmed their findings.

  7. his arrest and subsequent conviction

Origin of subsequent

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin subsequent-, subsequens, present participle of subsequi to follow close, from sub- near + sequi to follow — more at sub-, sue

First Known Use: 15th century

SUBSEQUENT Defined for Kids


adjective sub·se·quent \ˈsəb-si-kwənt\

Definition of subsequent for Students

  1. :  following in time, order, or place <subsequent events>

subsequently adverb

Law Dictionary


adjective sub·se·quent \ˈsəb-si-kwənt, -ˌkwent\

Legal Definition of subsequent

  1. :  following in time, order, or space — see also condition subsequent at condition — compare precedent

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