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Meaning of consequence by Wiktionary Dictionary

consequence


    Pronunciation

    • ( RP ) IPA: /ˈkɒnsɪˌkwɛns/, X-SAMPA: /"kQnsI%kwEns/
    • ( GenAm ) IPA: /ˈkɑnsɪˌkwɛns/, X-SAMPA: /"kAnsI%kwEns/

    Noun

    consequence ( plural: consequences )

    1. That which follows something on which it depends; that which is produced by a cause.
    2. A result of actions .
      I'm warning you. If you don't get me the report on time, there will be consequences .
    3. A proposition collected from the agreement of other previous propositions; any conclusion which results from reason or argument; inference .
    4. Chain of causes and effects; consecution .
    5. Importance with respect to what comes after .
    6. The power to influence or produce an effect .
    7. ( especially when preceded by "of" ) importance, value, or influence

    Usage notes

    • Adjectives often applied to "consequence": social, legal, environmental, political, economic, personal, cultural, moral, unintended, undesirable, likely, probable, necessary, logical, natural, important, significant, bad, disastrous, devastating, fatal, catastrophic, harmful .

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    Verb

    consequence ( third-person singular simple present consequences present participle consequencing, simple past and past participle consequenced )

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

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Explanation of consequence by Wordnet Dictionary

consequence


    Noun
    1. having important effects or influence

    2. decisions of great consequence are made by the president himself
      that result is of no consequence
    3. the outcome of an event especially as relative to an individual

    4. a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon

    5. his decision had depressing consequences for business


    Definition of consequence by GCIDE Dictionary

    consequence


    1. Consequence n. [L., consequentia: cf. F. conséquence. See Consequent.]
      1. That which follows something on which it depends; that which is produced by a cause; a result.

      Shun to taste,

      And shun the bitter consequence. Milton.

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

      3. Chain of causes and effects; consecution.

      Such fatal consequence unites us three. Milton.

      Link follows link by necessary consequence. Coleridge.

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

      It is a matter of small consequence. Shak.

      A sense of your own worth and consequence. Cowper.

      In consequence, hence; for this cause. -- In consequence of, by reason of; as the effect of.

      Syn. -- Effect; result; end. See Effect.