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

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

Adjective 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 The 1957 Price-Anderson Act, which shields the industry from almost all financial liability consequent of a major accident, is up for renewal in 2025. Harper’s Magazine , 16 Feb. 2022 Previous inequities in the U.S. education system have contributed to the health gaps in U.S. society that COVID-19 exploited, and the evidence suggests these inequities are growing consequent to school closures. Nason Maani, Scientific American, 3 Mar. 2021 Another set of ideas posits that the spin occurs after scission consequent to forces such as repulsion between the protons in the fragments. Charles Q. Choi, Scientific American, 24 Feb. 2021 The complete definition must also include the signals giving rise to fear (antecedents) and objectively observable behaviors (consequents). Dean Mobbs, Scientific American, 20 Sep. 2019 For decades, the more common practice has been to play those six-bar consequents twice as fast. Matthew Guerrieri, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Feb. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But China’s rapid economic development, and consequent naval buildup, is tipping the scales in Beijing’s favor. Chris Horton, The Atlantic, 6 May 2022 In the context of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and the consequent energy supply issues, Western countries will likely cheer this decision. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 21 Mar. 2022 This Biennial was slated to occur in 2021, but the Covid mass hysteria and consequent restrictions pushed it to this year. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 31 Mar. 2022 The nominal central thread involves Carol’s attempts to rebel against studio tyranny and the consequent humiliating downsizing of her part, as the younger, more bankable Krystal’s is beefed up. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 Mar. 2022 How have the war in Ukraine and the consequent desire to reduce reliance on Russian oil and gas changed the prospect for a transition to renewable-energy sources? Jennifer Hiller, WSJ, 27 Mar. 2022 Syrians hope the consequent resumption of trade with Arab countries would ease much of this economic weight. Washington Post, 19 Mar. 2022 In the same speech, Putin insisted that Ukrainians and Russians are one people, artificially divided by the establishment of the Soviet republic of the Ukraine in 1922 and consequent independence when the USSR unraveled. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 25 Mar. 2022 With the invasion of Ukraine and the consequent steep increase in gasoline prices and further disruption in global supply chains, U.S. households are facing a rise in inflation. Richard Vague, Fortune, 24 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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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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