- the effect, result, or outcome of something occurring earlier: The accident was the consequence of reckless driving.
- an act or instance of following something as an effect, result, or outcome.
- the conclusion reached by a line of reasoning; inference.
- importance or significance: a matter of no consequence.
- importance in rank or position; distinction: a man of great consequence in art.
- in consequence, consequently; as a result; hence: He withdrew from the world, and in consequence was forgotten.
- in consequence of, as a result of; on account of: A trial was held in consequence of the investigation.
- a result or effect of some previous occurrence
- an unpleasant result (esp in the phrase take the consequences)
- significance or importanceit’s of no consequence; a man of consequence
- a conclusion reached by reasoning
- the conclusion of an argument
- the relations between the conclusion and the premises of a valid argument
- the relation between an effect and its cause
- 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.