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Meaning of consequent by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Latin consequens, consequentis, present participle of consequi ( “to follow” ), from con- + sequi ( “to follow” ). Compare French conséquent .


    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈkɑn.sɪ.kwənt/


    consequent ( not comparable )

    1. Following as a result, inference, or natural effect .
      His retirement and consequent spare time enabled him to travel more .
    2. Of or pertaining to consequences .

    Coordinate terms

    • antecedent

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    See also

    • consequent in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913


    consequent ( plural: consequents )

    1. ( logic ) The second half of a hypothetical proposition; Q, if the form of the proposition is "If P, then Q."
    2. An event which follows another .
    3. That which follows an antecedent .


    Coordinate terms

    • antecedent

Explanation of consequent by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. following or accompanying as a consequence

    2. the period of tension and consequent need for military preparedness

    Definition of consequent by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Consequent a. [L. consequens, -entis, p. pr. of consequi to follow; con- + sequi to follow: cf. F. conséquent. See Second, and cf. Consecution.]
      1. Following as a result, inference, or natural effect.

      The right was consequent to, and built on, an act perfectly personal. Locke.

      2. ( Logic ) Following by necessary inference or rational deduction; as, “a proposition consequent to other propositions”.

      Consequent points, Consequent poles ( Magnetism ), a number of poles distributed under certain conditions, along the axis of a magnetized steel bar, which regularly has but the two poles at the extremities.

    2. Consequent, n.
      1. That which follows, or results from, a cause; a result or natural effect.

      They were ill-governed, which is always a consequent of ill payment. Sir J. Davies.

      2. ( Logic ) That which follows from propositions by rational deduction; that which is deduced from reasoning or argumentation; a conclusion, or inference.

      3. ( Math. ) The second term of a ratio, as the term b in the ratio a:b, the first a, being the antecedent.