con·​se·​quent | \ ˈkän(t)-sə-kwənt How to pronounce consequent (audio) , -ˌkwent How to pronounce consequent (audio) \

Definition of consequent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

b : the conclusion of a conditional sentence
2 : the second term of a ratio



Definition of consequent (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : following as a result or effect her new job and consequent relocation
2 : observing logical sequence : rational

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Subsequent vs. Consequent


The English language has many ways to indicate that something has come after another thing, but a number of these words have subtle differences that you may want to observe.

Something is subsequent if it follows something else in time, order, or place. Its meaning is very similar to that of following or later, but it has a more formal tone to it and may imply that something not only follows but in some way grows out of or is otherwise closely connected with what precedes it (“their courtship and subsequent marriage”).

Consequent may also be used of something that follows, but that does so explicitly as a result of something else (“I said an insensitive thing and the consequent argument lasted for days”).

There may be occasions when either subsequent or consequent would work ("her wounding and subsequent [or consequent] loss of blood"); your choice in such cases would depend upon whether you want to stress the order of events or the causal relationship between one event and another.

Examples of consequent in a Sentence


Weather forecasters predict heavy rains and consequent flooding. Falling sales and a consequent loss of profits forced the company to lay off more workers.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For decades, the more common practice has been to play those six-bar consequents twice as fast. Matthew Guerrieri, San Francisco Chronicle, "How the classical took control of the jazz in ‘Rhapsody in Blue’," 28 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Any pressure applied to part of the mat causes a distortion in the fibres and a consequent change in the amount of light transmitted. The Economist, "The way people walk can be used for ID and health checks," 12 July 2018 During the consequent hearings, Wheeler, Hayden, and Powell testified about their surveys. Johnforristerross, Longreads, "Taming the Great American Desert," 2 July 2018 Part of the minute lead characters' effectiveness stems from their minuscule stature and consequent near-invisibility, hence their ability to zip around mostly unnoticed. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Ant-Man and the Wasp': Film Review," 27 June 2018 What’s Happening Investors in Asia retreated from equities, their appetite for risk sapped by Italy’s crisis and a consequent rally by safe-haven assets including U.S. Treasury bonds, gold and the yen. Joanne Chiu, WSJ, "Asian Stocks Down, Following Global Concerns Over Italy’s Political Turmoil," 30 May 2018 The Rockies, Diamondbacks and Giants failed to exploit the Dodgers’ multiple injuries and consequent stumbles. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "MLB playoff outlook: Astros, Red Sox are locks, but for 10 teams, it's wait 'til next year," 29 May 2018 This corresponds to the spread of Phoenician traders and settlers from their home cities in the Levant into the western Mediterranean, and the consequent exploitation of galena mines in Iberia. The Economist, "Arctic ice brings an understanding of ancient Europe’s economy," 19 May 2018 There was, too, a negative inducement: childless or infertile or older women could take service in the Aunts and thereby escape redundancy, and consequent shipment to the infamous colonies. Anna Silman, The Cut, "Women in The Handmaid’s Tale: A Comprehensive Taxonomy," 24 Apr. 2018 But the growth in revenue and consequent growth in expenditures has largely gone to support services for our neediest citizens. Anthony A. Williams, Washington Post, "Washington has come far in 50 years, but is there a way to make it work for everyone?," 27 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of consequent


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for consequent

Noun and Adjective

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin consequent-, consequens, present participle of consequi to follow along, from com- + sequi to follow — more at sue

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The first known use of consequent was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of consequent

somewhat formal : happening as a result of a particular action or set of conditions


con·​se·​quent | \ ˈkän-si-kwənt How to pronounce consequent (audio) \

Kids Definition of consequent

: following as a result or effect Weather forecasters predicted heavy rain and consequent flooding.

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to take the place or position of

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