What does consequence mean?

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. Robert Green Ingersoll:

    Happiness is not a reward-it is a consequence. Suffering is not a punishment-it is a result.

  2. Chuck Schumer:

    There are some who believe that I can force my colleagues to vote my way, while I will certainly share my view and try to persuade them that the vote to disapprove is the right one, in my experience with matters of conscience and great consequence like this, each member ultimately comes to their own conclusion.

  3. Robert Redfield:

    Those models that were done, they assumed that only about 50 % of the American public would pay attention to the recommendations. In fact, it would seem, a large majority of the American public are taking the social distancing recommendations to heart -- and I think that's the direct consequence of why you're seeing the numbers are going to be much, much, much, much lower than would've been predicted by the models.

  4. Gergely Gulyas:

    Hungary agrees with the ambitious goals set by the EU but we cannot sign a blank cheque, the 2050 climate goals cannot have the consequence of hiking the prices of food or energy.

  5. Charles Wilson:

    You've had some misguided efforts to cushion the selloff and that's ultimately led to the unintended consequence of making the situation worse.

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