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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In other words, facilitators talk to survivors for a long time about what unfolded and its consequences. Kim Tran, Teen Vogue, "Transformative Justice, Explained," 15 Nov. 2018 This accident shows the inherent risk of taking control of critical systems away from humans without their knowledge, and the unforseen consequences of increasingly complex systems. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Indonesia 737 crash caused by “safety” feature change pilots weren’t told of," 13 Nov. 2018 Antibiotics are ancient, as is antibiotic resistance — evolutionary consequences of competition in the world’s soils. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "Bacteria That Eat Drugs Could Help Solve the Antibiotic Resistance Crisis," 8 Nov. 2018 The storm's historic rainfall brought an assault on the region's infrastructure and killed 44 people, but with the waters finally receding, an unexpected consequence of the tempest has revealed itself. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Hurricane Florence Leaves Thousands of Dead, Rotting Fish on Highway," 24 Sep. 2018 Amid this otherworldly chaos, no longer caring about personal or professional consequences, Gellhorn learned that her hands—any hands—were needed. Paula Mclain, Town & Country, "The Extraordinary Life of Martha Gellhorn, the Woman Ernest Hemingway Tried to Erase," 12 July 2018 Strange disturbances occur almost immediately and quickly escalate, with tragic consequences. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Haunting of Hill House," 22 Oct. 2018 While the story of Plane Bae, as it was affectionately nicknamed, continued to spread around the internet in one conveniently packaged, shareable moment, real life carried on — and real life comes with consequences. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "There's No Such Thing As A "Good" Viral Moment Anymore," 10 July 2018 Another situation, this one with real legal consequences and potential ramifications for a whole group of anglers, also occasionally crops up at boat ramps, mostly during summer and mostly on rivers and a handful of reservoirs. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Boat ramps a gateway to fun or frustration," 28 June 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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