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con·​se·​quent ˈkän(t)-sə-kwənt How to pronounce consequent (audio) -ˌkwent How to pronounce consequent (audio)
: the conclusion of a conditional sentence
: the second term of a ratio


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: following as a result or effect
her new job and consequent relocation
: observing logical sequence : rational

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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.

Example Sentences

Adjective Weather forecasters predict heavy rains and consequent flooding. Falling sales and a consequent loss of profits forced the company to lay off more workers.
Recent Examples on the Web
The 1957 Price-Anderson Act, which shields the industry from almost all financial liability consequent of a major accident, is up for renewal in 2025. Harper’s Magazine , 16 Feb. 2022 Previous inequities in the U.S. education system have contributed to the health gaps in U.S. society that COVID-19 exploited, and the evidence suggests these inequities are growing consequent to school closures. Nason Maani, Scientific American, 3 Mar. 2021 Another set of ideas posits that the spin occurs after scission consequent to forces such as repulsion between the protons in the fragments. Charles Q. Choi, Scientific American, 24 Feb. 2021 The complete definition must also include the signals giving rise to fear (antecedents) and objectively observable behaviors (consequents). Dean Mobbs, Scientific American, 20 Sep. 2019 For decades, the more common practice has been to play those six-bar consequents twice as fast. Matthew Guerrieri, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Feb. 2018
Amid the fear of Covid-19 transmission and consequent lockdowns, the global chorus was to stay alive by staying at home. Yerramalli Subramaniam, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2022 That comes as a direct result of the death of King T’Challa and consequent loss of the Black Panther, protector of Wakanda, a devastating blow depicted in the opening scene. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Nov. 2022 But as Nigerians look to evade that measure, and to change naira into dollars instead, a consequent shortage of dollars is weakening the naira even further and making inflation worse. Alexander Onukwue, Quartz, 2 Nov. 2022 Today, Ghanaian traders are responding to the soaring inflation and consequent high cost of doing business by locking their shops in a three-day protest. Alexander Onukwue, Quartz, 22 Oct. 2022 Reports on the damage and the consequent blackouts affecting regular Ukrainians have figured prominently in state media news broadcasts. Yuliya Talmazan, NBC News, 20 Oct. 2022 Their consequent conversation could conclude in an agreement to revisit the timetable, staffing, and budget for the project, which could increase the odds of success. Forbes, 11 Oct. 2022 Unprofessional management of rental apartments can cause very significant landlord-tenant problems and consequent municipal headaches., 22 Sep. 2022 The government also cited COVID zero, which includes regular lockdowns and strict border restrictions, as well as a consequent lack of people-to-people exchanges between Europe and China, as reasons for falling European investment into China. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, 21 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History


Noun and Adjective

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin consequent-, consequens, present participle of consequi to follow along, from com- + sequi to follow — more at sue

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Consequent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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: following as a result or effect

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