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

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 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, "Mystery of Spinning Atomic Fragments Solved at Last," 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, "On the Nature of Fear," 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, "How the classical took control of the jazz in ‘Rhapsody in Blue’," 28 Feb. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Democrats argue the current surge and consequent delays in processing are the results of Trump administration policies, while Republicans argue the situation is of Biden's own making. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, "'A humanitarian crisis': Pelosi decries 'broken system' as Biden asks FEMA to help with migrant children at border," 14 Mar. 2021 This led to an explosion in interest and consequent plantings. Tom Mullen, Forbes, "Racy And Elegant Italian Wines From Roero," 28 Feb. 2021 This answers the naturally consequent question: After decades of fusion research, why is this the first model of ELMs? Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "This Breakthrough Could Fix the Fatal Flaw in Fusion Reactors," 26 Oct. 2020 Later in the period, further reorganization of the economy, in connection with an escalating need for sailcloth (and therefore wool and sheep), had obvious implications for the consequent rise in labor requirements. Neil Price, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Little-Known Role of Slavery in Viking Society," 25 Aug. 2020 This causes different things—not just earthquakes and volcanoes, but also continental drift and the consequent destruction and recreation of crust. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Why Mt. Everest and the Alps Are Weirdly Getting Taller," 9 Dec. 2020 May’s premiership, explains much of what has since occurred in the fractious discussions between London and Brussels, and the consequent brinkmanship. Stephen Castle, New York Times, "For U.K.’s Boris Johnson, Hardball Tactics Seem the Only Way to a Brexit Deal," 26 Sep. 2020 Beneath the social network, any other distinction of status, class, opportunity and wealth pales beside the most basic fact of liberty and the consequent potential for choice. Neil Price, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Little-Known Role of Slavery in Viking Society," 25 Aug. 2020 Insuperable objections to the balloon are its inescapably enormous volume and its consequent strict limitation in weight of structure. Victor Lougheed, Popular Mechanics, "The Fallacy of the Dirigible," 13 Aug. 2020

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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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“Consequent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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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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