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
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.
Though obviously now things are different, stranger, more consequential.
Gronniger said the uncertainty about whether subsidies would continue to be paid to insurers now that Republicans were in charge was more consequential.
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.
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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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