subsequent

adjective
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
subsequently \ ˈsəb-​si-​ˌkwent-​lē How to pronounce subsequently (audio) , -​kwənt-​ \ adverb

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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The presidential election was two years away, and the Emancipation Proclamation only freed slaves in areas under Confederate control, so subsequent battlefield victories were needed to doom the institution. Peter Cozzens, WSJ, "‘A Fierce Glory’ Review: Victory at a Very High Price," 21 Sep. 2018 Global warming denialists took the blunt discussions out of context to allege that researchers had tampered with data, but subsequent investigations found no evidence of fraud. John Schwartz, New York Times, "He Sues to Discredit Climate Scientists. Now He’s Being Sued by His Allies.," 11 July 2018 The incident was caught on camera, but a subsequent investigation found no evidence of a policy violation. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Sergeant sues Texas prison system over claims of sexual harassment, retaliation," 5 July 2018 Both Spain and Portugal have 4 points in Group B following their 3-3 draw and subsequent 1-0 victories. BostonGlobe.com, "Ball bounces Spain’s way in win over Iran," 20 June 2018 Both Spain and Portugal have four points in Group B following their 3-3 draw and subsequent 1-0 victories. Samuel Petrequin, chicagotribune.com, "Diego Costa scores again as Spain beats Iran 1-0 at World Cup," 20 June 2018 Though subsequent investigations into the 2008 and 2017 allegations concluded Daniels’ actions did not rise to criminal wrongdoing, the City Council says his behavior does not properly represent their city. Nashelly Chavez, sacbee, "Citrus Heights council looks at censuring member Bret Daniels over stalking allegations," 7 June 2018 In her two subsequent victories, over Anett Kontaveit and Daria Kasatkina, Stephens has dropped just six total games, winning both matches in straight sets. Stanley Kay, SI.com, "Stephens, Keys Headline Bright Future for American Women's Tennis," 6 June 2018 That incident also involved a gun allegation, with the victim claiming the woman pointed a handgun at her, though no gun was found in her possession during the subsequent investigation, according to the criminal complaint filed shortly afterward. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Neighborhood fight leads to gunfire near Waukesha apartment complex," 21 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'subsequent.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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subsequent

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of subsequent

formal : happening or coming after something else

subsequent

adjective
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

subsequent

adjective
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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