consequence

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

Definition of consequence 

1 : a conclusion derived through logic : inference … we can deduce … many consequences each of which can be tested by experiment.— James Bryant Conant

2 : something produced by a cause or necessarily following from a set of conditions the economic consequences of the war This refined taste is the consequence of education and habit.— Joshua Reynolds

3a : importance with respect to power to produce an effect a mistake of no consequence a problem of grave international consequence

b : social importance a person of some consequence

4 : the appearance of importance especially : self-importance You will find his consequence very just and reasonable when you see him in his family. … He has a fine dignified manner, which suits the head of such a house … — Jane Austen

in consequence

: as a result

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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

Examples of consequence in a Sentence

The slightest error can have serious consequences. What were the economic consequences of the war? The decrease in sales was a consequence of some bad publicity about the company. Some say many jobs will be lost as a consequence of the trade agreement. He weighed the consequences of making a career change. The style you choose is of no consequence.
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STEVEN TAYLOR Everyone will be talking about Sorry to Bother You, the new dystopian drama about one man’s success and its dire consequences. Jen Ortiz, Marie Claire, "Tessa Thompson Talks "Sorry to Bother You," Her New Sci-Fi Comedy Flick," 10 July 2018 Democratic committee chairs geared up for Congressional hearings that spotlighted the ensuing consequences and corruption at agencies under fire. Christopher Sellers, Vox, "How Republicans came to embrace anti-environmentalism," 6 July 2018 Every member of council has an opportunity to sway public opinion on critical issues — and a responsibility to do so despite the political consequences. Brian Chasnoff, San Antonio Express-News, "Mayor trying to rope in council to oppose amendments," 28 June 2018 One such consequence was that a series of men confided in me about their marriages past or present. Joseph O’neill, The New Yorker, "The First World," 21 June 2018 The consequence of taxing imports can be losing exports, too, as other countries retaliate. Tony Abbott, WSJ, "An Ally Sizes Up Donald Trump," 13 July 2018 Walsh noted that Ray’s decision followed successful re-election campaigns, when the consequences of a political backlash were diminished. Washington Post, "Former Iowa Gov. Ray’s legacy contrasts with modern GOP," 13 July 2018 The consequences of constantly attacking those on the other side only polarize us and create further division in our political system. Shawn R. Beals, Courant Community, "Middletown Republicans Outraged After Drew Calls Chair Racist In Facebook Post," 13 July 2018 But the reality is that trade wars often bring about unintended consequences. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Trade wars are damaging, so why is Trump fighting one with China?," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of consequence

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for consequence

see consequent entry 1

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consequence

noun

English Language Learners Definition of consequence

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

: importance or value

consequence

noun
con·se·quence | \ˈkän-sə-ˌkwens \

Kids Definition of consequence

1 : something produced by a cause or following from a condition Her fear of stairs is a consequence of her fall.

2 : real importance His promotion is of no consequence to me.

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