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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The real fear is manifest in a mounting sense that this is a mere skirmish in a more consequential struggle for the world over the next decade. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "From Covington Catholic to an Uneasy Davos," 25 Jan. 2019 The latest emissions data comes as the world’s scientists have called the global climate problem more urgent than previously thought – making the United States’ emissions trends and its path to withdraw from the Paris agreement more consequential. Chris Mooney, The Seattle Times, "U.S. greenhouse gas emissions spiked in 2018 – and it couldn’t happen at a worse time," 9 Jan. 2019 Since 2015, Russia has shown itself to be a more consequential actor in Syria than the pacifist EU. Michael Kimmage, New Republic, "What Happened to the European Union?," 8 Jan. 2018 But another vote was far more consequential: Parliament approved an amendment to May’s deal that will give them a say in what happens next if May’s Brexit deal is defeated next week. Jen Kirby, Vox, "UK Parliament just dealt a blow to Theresa May. What’s next for Brexit?," 6 Dec. 2018 So, the political overlay here has always been more consequential than the legal aspect of it. Fox News, "Scaramucci, McCarthy on if Cohen, Manafort cases hurt Trump," 21 Aug. 2018 Often what is deemed as consequential changes as time moves forward. Tom Hudson, miamiherald, "Back to the fundamentals," 13 Apr. 2018 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

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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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