consequential

adjective
con·​se·​quen·​tial | \ ˌkän(t)-sə-ˈkwen(t)-shəl \

Definition of consequential

1 : of the nature of a secondary result : indirect insurance against consequential loss
2 : consequent oversupply and the consequential plummeting prices
3 : having significant consequences : important a grave and consequential event consequential decisions

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Other Words from consequential

consequentiality \ ˌkän(t)-​sə-​ˌkwen(t)-​shē-​ˈa-​lə-​tē \ noun
consequentially \ ˌkän(t)-​sə-​ˈkwen(t)-​sh(ə-​)lē \ adverb
consequentialness \ ˌkän(t)-​sə-​ˈkwen(t)-​shəl-​nəs \ noun

Synonyms for consequential

Synonyms

attendant, consequent, due (to), resultant

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Consequential dates from the 17th century and can be traced back to the Latin verb consequi, meaning "to follow along." Consequi, in turn, combines the prefix con-, meaning "through" or "with," and sequi, meaning "to follow." The English words sequel, second, and suitor are among the offspring of sequi. Henry Fielding's 1728 comedy Love in Several Masques introduced the meaning of "important" to consequential, which had until that point been used primarily in the context of results. Evidence for this usage declined temporarily in the 19th century, causing its acceptability to be questioned by such commentators as H. W. Fowler; it resurfaced in the 20th century, however, and is now considered standard.

Examples of consequential in a Sentence

There have been several consequential innovations in their computer software. The change to the schedule is not consequential.

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While the dinner with Mr. Xi is likely to be the most consequential of Mr. Trump’s interactions, the president also has bilateral meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Bob Davis, WSJ, "Larry Kudlow Voices Skepticism Over Trump-Xi Trade Meeting," 27 Nov. 2018 Zac Freeland/Vox June 5 marks one of the most consequential and crowded primary days of the year. Tara Golshan, Vox, "June 5 primary: live results for key races in California, New Jersey, South Dakota, New Mexico, Iowa, and Montana," 5 June 2018 The outcome of an officers' decision is very consequential. Kate Morrissey, sandiegouniontribune.com, "What happens when someone asks for asylum at the border," 29 Apr. 2018 The more consequential change is the addition of a third asset class called bonds. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Basis—the “stable” cryptocurrency with $133 million invested—explained," 25 Apr. 2018 At the same time, their public personas were a lot different from Bush’s, in ways that were consequential for the presidency. Julia Azari, Vox, "Death of a statesman: George H.W. Bush’s legacy," 6 Dec. 2018 In 2018, Carson continued his re-evaluation of Obama-era policy, most notably attempting to undo two of the most consequential regulations of that administration. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "HUD won one court battle, lost another under Ben Carson in 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 That means a typical player’s second NBA contract is dramatically more consequential to his career than his first contract. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "For Charlotte Hornets, would drafting Alabama's Collin Sexton be Kemba Walker 2.0?," 14 June 2018 Perhaps nowhere are the accountability changes more consequential than in the Houston Independent School District, where 10 of the district’s more than 280 schools are at risk of triggering a state takeover of the district. Shelby Webb, Houston Chronicle, "TEA details how it will calculate A-F letter grades," 10 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of consequential

1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for consequential

see consequent entry 1

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consequential

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of consequential

formal
: happening as a result

consequential

adjective
con·​se·​quen·​tial | \ ˌkän-si-ˈkwen-chəl \

Legal Definition of consequential

: of the nature of an indirect or secondary result

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