Definition of consequential
consequentialityplay \ˌkän(t)-sə-ˌkwen(t)-shē-ˈa-lə-tē\ noun
consequentiallyplay \ˌkän(t)-sə-ˈkwen(t)-sh(ə-)lē\ adverb
consequentialnessplay \ˌkän(t)-sə-ˈkwen(t)-shəl-nəs\ noun
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Examples of consequential in a Sentence
There have been several consequential innovations in their computer software.
The change to the schedule is not consequential.
Recent Examples of consequential from the Web
The 1967 war was the most consequential and impactful of the conflicts between Israel and the Arabs.
Again, not the most consequential moment of the NATO summit, but one that speaks volumes about the relationship that exists — or doesn't — between Trump and Macron.
But the 2 degrees goal is incredibly consequential.
Such are the consequences of consequential choices.
The most consequential news of the week may have come on the healthcare front, where twin dilemmas that have shaped the current debate both intensified.
This combination — the gains in pay for chief executives, the president’s pledge to deregulate and cut corporate tax rates — sets the stage for perhaps the most consequential moment for corporate governance since the financial crisis of 2008.
China is perhaps even more consequential, with the world’s second-largest economy and a determination to build up the People’s Liberation Army Navy.
Of the five, the collapse of the family is the most consequential, but Jacobs writes few lines on its causes and ramifications.
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Did You Know?
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.
Origin and Etymology of consequential
First Known Use: 1626
CONSEQUENTIAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of consequential for English Language Learners
: happening as a result
Legal Definition of consequential
: of the nature of an indirect or secondary result
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