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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, upshot(noun)

    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, aftermath(noun)

    the outcome of an event especially as relative to an individual

  3. consequence, import, moment(noun)

    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. consequence(Noun)

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

  2. consequence(Noun)

    A result of actions.

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

  3. consequence(Noun)

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

  4. consequence(Noun)

    Chain of causes and effects; consecution.

  5. consequence(Noun)

    Importance with respect to what comes after.

  6. consequence(Noun)

    The power to influence or produce an effect.

  7. consequence(Noun)

    importance, value, or influence

  8. consequence(Verb)

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Consequence(noun)

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

  2. Consequence(noun)

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

  3. Consequence(noun)

    chain of causes and effects; consecution

  4. Consequence(noun)

    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. Kenshu Shimada:

    The consequence of the egg-eating behavior is that only a few pups will survive and develop, but each of them can become considerably large in size at birth.

  2. Lisa Murkowski:

    My review of it has led me to conclude that it is constitutional, in recognizing that impeachment is not solely about removing a president, it is also a matter of political consequence.

  3. Courtney Kennedy:

    I think poll watchers would do well to accept that the field is in an era of transition, and one consequence of that is a frustrating amount of noise in subgroup estimates.

  4. Holly Cekala:

    That's just the ones in recovery, how about the 50 million family members? We're talking about a constituency of consequence that could make or break any candidate.

  5. Leandris Liburd:

    These findings are generally consistent with previous reports that use the term 'weathering,' which suggests that blacks experience premature aging and earlier health decline than whites and that this decline in health accumulates across the entire lifespan and potentially across generations. This happens as a consequence of psychosocial, economic and environmental stressors.

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