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 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 Cultural appropriation, on the other hand, relies on exploitation and consequent erasure, followed by the willful denying of those actions. Reem Kassis, Washington Post, "Here’s why Palestinians object to the term ‘Israeli food’: It erases us from history," 18 Feb. 2020 Despite this precaution, their first efforts still suffered from strange colours and opaque regions caused by diffraction and consequent interference patterns. The Economist, "Transparent solar cells could be used to glaze office blocks," 12 Dec. 2019 Woolf and Schoomaker found that the rise in premature deaths was often most evident in regions and states that have weathered steep job losses, population outflows, and a consequent hollowing out of local civic and social institutions. Los Angeles Times, oregonlive, "Americans are dying earlier, new research confirms: drug overdoses, suicide, disease to blame," 26 Nov. 2019 The consequent scandal prompted two high-profile divorces and one of the messiest breakups in royal history. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "Did Princess Anne and Andrew Parker Bowles Date, Per 'The Crown'?," 4 Nov. 2019 But scientists are worried by the rapid melting of polar ice — and the consequent rise in sea levels. Tom Metcalfe, NBC News, "Iceberg bigger than L.A. broke off Antarctic ice shelf. But climate change isn't to blame.," 2 Oct. 2019 Albinati offers no extended dramatization of the events themselves, or the consequent police investigation, or the judicial proceedings. Tim Parks, Harper's magazine, "Murder Italian Style," 19 Aug. 2019 The failure of Mr Macri’s attempt to clean up the economic mess left by Ms Fernández, and a consequent descent into recession and inflation, explain why voters have deserted him (see article). The Economist, "Will South America’s “pink tide” return?," 5 Sep. 2019 Given this predicament and the consequent struggle between longing and disgust, what can one do but seek to annul oneself, to transcend oneself, escape from oneself? Tim Parks, Harper's magazine, "Murder Italian Style," 19 Aug. 2019

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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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Cite this Entry

“Consequent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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