noun con·se·quent \ ˈkän(t)-sə-kwənt , -ˌkwent \
Updated on: 24 Apr 2018

Definition of consequent

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

Origin and Etymology of consequent

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




Definition of consequent

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

Examples of consequent in a Sentence

  1. Weather forecasters predict heavy rains and consequent flooding.

  2. Falling sales and a consequent loss of profits forced the company to lay off more workers.

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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.

Origin and Etymology of consequent

CONSEQUENT Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of consequent for English Language Learners

  • : happening as a result of a particular action or set of conditions

CONSEQUENT Defined for Kids


adjective con·se·quent \ ˈkän-si-kwənt \

Definition of consequent for Students

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

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