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consequence

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1 a condition or occurrence traceable to a cause
  • the flood was an inevitable consequence of the prolonged, heavy rains

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3 an exaggerated sense of one's importance that shows itself in the making of excessive or unjustified claims
  • a junior executive who strutted around the office with all of the consequence of a peacock in pinstripes

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4 an opinion arrived at through a process of reasoning
  • I am able to deduce several consequences from those premises

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importance, consequence, moment, weight, significance mean a quality or aspect having great worth or significance. importance implies a value judgment of the superior worth or influence of something or someone. a region with no cities of importance consequence generally implies importance because of probable or possible effects. the style you choose is of little consequence moment implies conspicuous or self-evident consequence. a decision of great moment weight implies a judgment of the immediate relative importance of something. the argument carried no weight with the judge significance implies a quality or character that should mark a thing as important but that is not self-evident and may or may not be recognized. the treaty's significance

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The first known use of consequence was in the 14th century

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“Consequence.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/consequence. Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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