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
A less consequential falsehood is that technology means children do not need to learn facts or learn from a teacher—
The Shelby ruling makes the question of intentional discrimination consequential.
One particular law designed to make the VA more accountable is arguably the most consequential legislation President Trump has signed so far.
In one of the most consequential decisions of his young administration, Trump could within days impose new restrictions, a decision that could impact trade with more than a dozen major countries.
In one case, an untenured conservative professor was fired after publishing more (and more consequential) scholarship than even some of the tenured professors who evaluated him.
This deserves much greater scrutiny, because real-world policy outcomes are far more consequential than crude political theater, and turning the focus in that direction could be the first step to recovering our civic senses.
In light of those developments, some consider I-1552 to be the most consequential debate on the issue in the nation this year.
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), a staunch Obamacare opponent, expressed his own doubts about passing such a wide-ranging and consequential bill with just a week's time to examine it on Tuesday.
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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.
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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