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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web In conjunction with physical security shortfalls, the Election Security Task Force also unearthed growing concerns among Dane County election officials regarding their own personal health and safety as a consequence of election misinformation. Ben Baker, Journal Sentinel, 2 Aug. 2022 Jennifer McQuiston, deputy director of the division of high consequence pathogens and pathology at the CDC, shared the first breakdown of infections by race and ethnicity. Mary Kekatos, ABC News, 28 July 2022 Now, many of the processes that happen during aging really happen as a consequence of the declining force of natural selection. Steven Strogatz, Quanta Magazine, 27 July 2022 The research, which combined historical data and climate models, focused on the economic impact of warming temperatures as a consequence of emissions released between 1990 and 2014. Amanda Shendruk, Quartz, 15 July 2022 Britain is a different kind of constitutional democracy as a consequence of Johnson’s premiership. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 12 July 2022 Heat waves and droughts aren't uncommon in Portugal, but climate scientists say all of southern Europe can expect higher temperatures and lower rainfall as a consequence of global warming. Barry Hatton, ajc, 7 July 2022 Black poor women in particular are going to suffer the most as a consequence of this. Curtis Bunn, NBC News, 30 June 2022 Most of the cases reported recent international travel or close contact with an infected person, said Jennifer McQuiston, deputy director of the CDC’s division of high-consequence pathogens and pathology. Dominique Mosbergen, WSJ, 10 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of consequence

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for consequence

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“Consequence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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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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