consequential

adjective
con·​se·​quen·​tial | \ ˌkän(t)-sə-ˈkwen(t)-shəl How to pronounce consequential (audio) \

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 How to pronounce consequentiality (audio) \ noun
consequentially \ ˌkän(t)-​sə-​ˈkwen(t)-​sh(ə-​)lē How to pronounce consequentially (audio) \ adverb
consequentialness \ ˌkän(t)-​sə-​ˈkwen(t)-​shəl-​nəs How to pronounce consequentialness (audio) \ 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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In the presence of a camera, the struggles and exertions of the decade could be seen as historically consequential. Richard Vokes, Quartz Africa, "A recently discovered trove of photos shows life in Uganda during Idi Amin’s troubled reign," 30 June 2019 The Trump team prevailed on less consequential portions of the ruling. Howard Blume, latimes.com, "Federal judge affirms ruling blocking parts of Trump’s border wall funding," 28 June 2019 But a half-century on, a debate continues over what to call this consequential event. Ben Zimmer, WSJ, "Was Stonewall a ‘Riot’? A Term for Violent Acts Has Spurred Its Own Revolt," 28 June 2019 In the presence of a camera, the struggles and exertions of the decade could be seen as historically consequential. Richard Vokes, The Conversation, "Thousands of recently discovered photographs document life in Uganda during Idi Amin’s reign," 25 June 2019 Because some states or jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion or the limitation of liability for consequential or incidental damages, in such states or jurisdictions, our liability shall be limited to the maximum extent permitted by law. nybooks.com, "Terms of service," 17 June 2019 There are some events in the NBA so consequential as to shift the ground beneath the entire league. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "The Entire NBA Changed When Kevin Durant Suffered an Achilles Injury," 11 June 2019 All judgments or awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket damages (excluding attorneys’ fees) associated with participation in this Promotion and shall not include any indirect, punitive, incidental and/or consequential damages. 12. Billboard, "Crowd Control Sweepstakes Sponsored by Billboard, a division of Prometheus Global Media, LLC ("Sponsor")," 9 June 2019 These are hugely consequential awards for the rocket companies. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The military chooses which rockets it wants built for the next decade," 10 Oct. 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 How to pronounce consequential (audio) \

Legal Definition of consequential

: of the nature of an indirect or secondary result

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