in consequence


  1. the effect, result, or outcome of something occurring earlier: The accident was the consequence of reckless driving.
  2. an act or instance of following something as an effect, result, or outcome.
  3. the conclusion reached by a line of reasoning; inference.
  4. importance or significance: a matter of no consequence.
  5. importance in rank or position; distinction: a man of great consequence in art.

  1. in consequence, consequently; as a result; hence: He withdrew from the world, and in consequence was forgotten.
  2. in consequence of, as a result of; on account of: A trial was held in consequence of the investigation.


  1. a result or effect of some previous occurrence
  2. an unpleasant result (esp in the phrase take the consequences)
  3. significance or importanceit’s of no consequence; a man of consequence
  4. logic
    1. a conclusion reached by reasoning
    2. the conclusion of an argument
    3. the relations between the conclusion and the premises of a valid argument
  5. the relation between an effect and its cause
  6. in consequence as a result

late 14c., “inference, conclusion,” from Old French consequence “result” (13c., Modern French conséquence), from Latin consequentia, from consequentem (nominative consequens), present participle of consequi “to follow after,” from com- “with” (see com-) + sequi “to follow” (see sequel). Sense of “importance” (c.1600) is from notion of being “pregnant with consequences.”

As a result, therefore, as in She was away for years and in consequence has few friends here. The prepositional phrase in consequence of means “as a result of,” as in In consequence of this finding, there is sure to be further investigation. [Late 1600s]

see in consequence; of consequence.

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