sub·​se·​quent | \ ˈsəb-si-kwənt How to pronounce subsequent (audio) , -sə-ˌkwent \

Definition of subsequent

: following in time, order, or place subsequent events a subsequent clause in the treaty

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Other Words from subsequent

subsequent noun

Subsequent vs. Consequent

The English language has many ways to indicate that something has come after another thing, but a number of these words have subtle differences that you may want to observe.

Something is subsequent if it follows something else in time, order, or place. Its meaning is very similar to that of following or later, but it has a more formal tone to it and may imply that something not only follows but in some way grows out of or is otherwise closely connected with what precedes it (“their courtship and subsequent marriage”).

Consequent may also be used of something that follows, but that does so explicitly as a result of something else (“I said an insensitive thing and the consequent argument lasted for days”).

There may be occasions when either subsequent or consequent would work ("her wounding and subsequent [or consequent] loss of blood"); your choice in such cases would depend upon whether you want to stress the order of events or the causal relationship between one event and another.

Examples of subsequent in a Sentence

Her subsequent account of her ordeal, "The Upstairs Room" (1972), was a young adult tour de force, winning a Newbery Honor and other awards. Compared with Anne Frank's "Diary of a Young Girl," it is sparer and sterner. — Leslie Garis, New York Times Book Review, 22 Feb. 2009 In the past, collectors would often hand over partial ownership of a painting—usually from 10% to 20%—and take a tax deduction for an equivalent percentage of the appraised value. The write-off on subsequent donations could rise each time the painting's value grew. Donors got a tax break, and museums got the art to exhibit for a period of time each year. Many such paintings were ultimately bequeathed to the museums. — Jeanne McDowell, Time, 20 Nov. 2006 In 1991, the Nurses' Health Study found that women receiving hormone therapy (estrogen and progestin) enjoyed a big (44 percent) reduction in the risk of coronary artery disease, and millions of women were encouraged to begin the therapy to counteract the effects of menopause. But in 2002, the Women's Health Initiative produced a radically different conclusion: Hormone therapy increases the risk of coronary events in post-menopausal women by 20 percent. A subsequent study confirmed that result. Wilson Quarterly, Autumn 2005 The rate of population growth reached a peak in 1999 and declined in subsequent years. Her work had a great influence on subsequent generations. Subsequent studies confirmed their findings. his arrest and subsequent conviction
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Recent Examples on the Web Nonetheless, a subsequent tweet did confirm that the two foes patched things up after the incident. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "Calculating Cat Thinks Long and Hard Before Ultimately Starting a Conflict," 21 Jan. 2020 Nikulin was quietly arrested in Prague in the final weeks of the 2016 presidential election, when the Russian government's hacking of Democratic email systems and subsequent dissemination of the information by WikiLeaks dominated the campaign trail. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "DOJ: Top FBI agent leaked sealed information on Russian hacker," 13 Jan. 2020 The other would increase the fine for violators to $250, from $100, for a first offense and to $500, from $200, for a second or subsequent infraction. David Eggert, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan bill would prohibit phone use while driving for motorists under 18," 11 Jan. 2020 Still, McDaniels said that meeting was good practice for his subsequent interview with the Broncos, who hired him at the age of 33 as the youngest head coach in the NFL at the time. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, "Browns have pick of Josh McDaniels, Kevin Stefanski and other head coach candidates with Panthers hiring Matt Rhule and Giants choosing Joe Judge," 7 Jan. 2020 The church continued to wrestle with related matters at subsequent denominational meetings. Holly Meyer, USA TODAY, "United Methodist leaders propose splitting church over same-sex marriage tensions," 3 Jan. 2020 In a subsequent interview, the juvenile told police Laney drove the car to the apartment. Arkansas Online, "Northwest Arkansas man arrested in July shooting," 23 Dec. 2019 Prince Andrew’s recent interview and his subsequent action to withdraw from public life is welcomed news. Simon Perry,, "Prince Andrew Drove to Sandringham for Face-to-Face Meeting with Philip and Charles After TV Interview," 6 Dec. 2019 Perry’s staff excluded embassy personnel from subsequent meetings between Perry and key Ukrainian energy sector contacts, Holmes told the committee. Benjamin Wermund And James Osborne, Houston Chronicle, "House report details Rick Perry’s involvement in Trump’s Ukraine ‘scheme’," 3 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of subsequent

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for subsequent

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin subsequent-, subsequens, present participle of subsequi to follow close, from sub- near + sequi to follow — more at sub-, sue

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The first known use of subsequent was in the 15th century

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26 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Subsequent.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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How to pronounce subsequent (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of subsequent

formal : happening or coming after something else


sub·​se·​quent | \ ˈsəb-si-kwənt How to pronounce subsequent (audio) \

Kids Definition of subsequent

: following in time, order, or place subsequent events

Other Words from subsequent

subsequently adverb


sub·​se·​quent | \ ˈsəb-si-kwənt, -ˌkwent How to pronounce subsequent (audio) \

Legal Definition of subsequent

: following in time, order, or space — see also condition subsequent at condition — compare precedent

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