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, 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary


    Etymology: consequentia, Latin.

    Spirits that know
    All mortal consequences have pronounc’d it. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Shun the bitter consequence; for know,
    The day thou eatest thereof, thou shalt die. John Milton, Pa. Lost.

    It is no good consequence, that because reason aims at our being happy, therefore it forbids us all voluntary sufferings. Decay of Piety.

    Can syllogism set things right?
    No, majors soon with minors fight:
    Or both in friendly consort join’d,
    The consequence limps false behind. Matthew Prior.

    Sorrow being the natural and direct offer of sin, that which first brought sin into the world, must, by necessary consequence, bring in sorrow too. Robert South, Sermons.

    I felt
    That I must after thee, with this thy son:
    Such fatal consequence unites us three. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    As it is asserted without any colour of scripture-proof, so it is of very ill consequence to the superstructing of good life. Henry Hammond, on Fundamentals.

    The instruments of darkness
    Win us with honest trifles, to betray us
    In deepest consequence. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    The anger of Achilles was of such consequence, that it embroiled the kings of Greece. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 267.

    Their common people are sunk in poverty, ignorance and cowardice; and of as little consequence as women and children. Jonathan Swift, Presbyterian Plea of Merit.

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. Jonathan Fried:

    There is certainly some momentum, a consequence of the large and growing trade links between China and the Gulf.

  2. H.W. Mann:

    Karma. Karma does not necessarily determine our lives. Karma is not permanent. Karma is accountability. Karma is the consequence of free will. We create our karma, and we can change it. We create karma with our thoughts and actions. Good karma neutralizes bad karma. Enough good karma changes bad karma. A change in behavior is required to change karma. In this way we can change our karmic state.

  3. Mehrdad Khonsari:

    President Trump made an overt gesture to the current leaders of Iran for them to come and make an offer to him to start negotiating a new deal, so if you were hopeful that as a consequence of Trump’s actions you would be seeing the back of the regime, you were disappointed.

  4. John Berger:

    In the modern world, in which thousands of people are dying every hour as a consequence of politics, no writing anywhere can begin to be credible unless it is informed by political awareness and principles. Writers who have neither product utopian trash.

  5. Environment Minister Ricardo Lozano:

    In the tropics a big consequence of global warming is increasing intensity (of extreme events) and longer dry or rainy periods.

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    relating to or concerned with a city or densely populated area
    • A. busy
    • B. urban
    • C. greedy
    • D. dependable

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