consequence

noun
con·​se·​quence | \ ˈkän(t)-sə-ˌkwen(t)s How to pronounce consequence (audio) , -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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Recent Examples on the Web The threat to polar bears as a species is one consequence of a warming planet; conservation initiatives cannot relieve their plight without taking on the root causes of climate change. Katherine Cusumano, Outside Online, "How Polar Bears Became Avatars for the Climate Crisis," 28 Mar. 2021 On top of the casualties, one consequence of the events in Lagos is the Sokovia Accords, which world governments draft to demand that the Avengers be allowed to operate only under the supervision of an international panel. Los Angeles Times, "What all those fake commercials in ‘WandaVision’ are really telling us," 4 Mar. 2021 The social and academic isolation of online learning is only one consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic for college students. Colette Davidson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Amid pandemic’s isolation, French students turn to each other for support," 22 Feb. 2021 One consequence has been a change in the position of women in Europe. Ayaan Hirsi Ali, WSJ, "Migrants and the Threat to Women’s Rights in Europe," 22 Feb. 2021 One potential consequence of a conviction would be a follow-up Senate vote forbidding Trump from running against the Democratic ticket in the 2024 campaign. Tal Kopan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Why isn't Kamala Harris presiding over Trump's impeachment trial?," 9 Feb. 2021 One consequence is that such variants spread rapidly. The Economist, "Will variants of SARS-CoV-2 make vaccination harder?," 6 Feb. 2021 And most agree that the world’s first abolitionist movement emerged in both the US and Britain as a consequence of the American Revolution, especially in the 1780s, though not necessarily because capitalists began assailing slavery. James Oakes, The New York Review of Books, "Why Did the Slave Trade Survive So Long?," 23 Mar. 2021 As a consequence, government, especially at the federal level, has been dominated by ethnolinguistic coalitions. John Mukum Mbaku, Washington Examiner, "Catastrophe in the Horn of Africa," 18 Mar. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/consequence. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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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
formal : importance or value

consequence

noun
con·​se·​quence | \ ˈkän-sə-ˌkwens How to pronounce consequence (audio) \

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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