consequential

adjective con·se·quen·tial \ ˌkän(t)-sə-ˈkwen(t)-shəl \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

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

consequentiality

play \ˌkän(t)-sə-ˌkwen(t)-shē-ˈa-lə-tē\ noun

consequentially

play \ˌkän(t)-sə-ˈkwen(t)-sh(ə-)lē\ adverb

consequentialness

play \ˌkän(t)-sə-ˈkwen(t)-shəl-nəs\ noun

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Examples of consequential in a Sentence

  1. There have been several consequential innovations in their computer software.

  2. The change to the schedule is not consequential.

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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


CONSEQUENTIAL Defined for English Language Learners

consequential

adjective

Definition of consequential for English Language Learners

  • : happening as a result


Law Dictionary

consequential

adjective con·se·quen·tial \ ˌkän-si-ˈkwen-chəl \

legal Definition of consequential

:of the nature of an indirect or secondary result


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