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Definitions for consequence
ˈkɒn sɪˌkwɛns, -kwənscon·se·quence

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. consequence, effect, outcome, result, event, issue, upshotnoun

    a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon

    "the magnetic effect was greater when the rod was lengthwise"; "his decision had depressing consequences for business"; "he acted very wise after the event"

  2. consequence, aftermathnoun

    the outcome of an event especially as relative to an individual

  3. consequence, import, momentnoun

    having important effects or influence

    "decisions of great consequence are made by the president himself"; "virtue is of more moment than security"; "that result is of no consequence"


  1. consequencenoun

    That which follows something on which it depends; that which is produced by a cause.

  2. consequencenoun

    A result of actions.

    I'm warning you. If you don't get me the report on time, there will be consequences.

  3. consequencenoun

    A proposition collected from the agreement of other previous propositions; any conclusion which results from reason or argument; inference.

  4. consequencenoun

    Chain of causes and effects; consecution.

  5. consequencenoun

    Importance with respect to what comes after.

  6. consequencenoun

    The power to influence or produce an effect.

  7. consequencenoun

    importance, value, or influence

  8. consequenceverb

    To threaten or punish (a child, etc.) with specific consequences for misbehaviour.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Consequencenoun

    that which follows something on which it depends; that which is produced by a cause; a result

  2. Consequencenoun

    a proposition collected from the agreement of other previous propositions; any conclusion which results from reason or argument; inference

  3. Consequencenoun

    chain of causes and effects; consecution

  4. Consequencenoun

    importance with respect to what comes after; power to influence or produce an effect; value; moment; rank; distinction


  1. Consequence

    Dexter Mills, better known as Consequence, is an American rapper. Consequence debuted in 1996 on A Tribe Called Quest's album Beats, Rhymes, and Life. In 2007 he released his debut album Don't Quit Your Day Job!.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Consequence

    kon′se-kwens, n. that which follows or comes after as a result: effect: influence: importance: (pl.) a round game describing the meeting of a lady and gentleman and its consequences, each player in turn writing a part of the story, not knowing what the others have written.—v.i. (Milt.) to draw inferences.—adj. Con′sequent, following as a natural effect or deduction.—n. that which follows: the natural effect of a cause.—adj. Consequen′tial, following as a result: casual: pompous.—advs. Consequen′tially; Con′sequently. [Fr.,—L. consequicon, together, and sequi, to follow.]

Editors Contribution

  1. consequence

    A logical or known effect of an action.

    People do their best with what they know and as a consequence they showed be allowed to learn and improve with no judgment.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 2, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'consequence' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2910

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'consequence' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4769

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'consequence' in Nouns Frequency: #602

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of consequence in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of consequence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of consequence in a Sentence

  1. Timothy Baghurst:

    If we haven't anticipated or seen ourselves experiencing challenges, when we experience those challenges, we're kind of unprepared for them, we don't know what to do. That wasn't part of the plan. And then as a consequence, maybe we lose that motivation or we don't believe we can achieve that goal.

  2. Bob Menendez:

    The Senate needs to act. Otherwise, Global Magnitsky will have no consequence and any administration, this one or another, can just ignore it.

  3. Unknown:

    Offensiveness is a necessary consequence of opinions strongly held and openly expressed, and free societies should treasure and protect it. An idea that offends no one is not worth entertaining.

  4. La Russa:

    That's just sportsmanship, respect for the game, respect for your opponent, he made a mistake, so there will be a consequence that he has to endure here within our family. But it won't happen again because (third base coach Joe McEwing) will be on the lookout and I will be too, and we'll go running in front of the pitcher if we have to.

  5. Ehsan Sehgal:

    A vote holds not only a significant power; it also carries a key to a system, essence to the welfare, surety to the career of a future generation, and magnet to the stability of the state. The wrong choice or emotionally pledge and favour of the vote-casting can indeed victimize a voter itself as a consequence. Realize this power and use it wisely, disregarding all external influences and tricks.

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    incapable of being atoned for
    • A. irascible
    • B. motile
    • C. numinous
    • D. inexpiable

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