UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈkɒnsɪkwɛns/

US:USA pronuncation: IPAUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈkɑnsɪˌkwɛns, -kwəns/

US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(konsi kwens′, -kwəns)

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
con•se•quence /ˈkɑnsɪˌkwɛns, -kwəns/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. the effect, result, or outcome of something occurring earlier:[countable]What will be the consequences of threatening him with military intervention?
  2. [uncountable] importance or significance: a matter of no consequence.
  1. Idiomsin consequence, [uncountable] consequently;
    as a result;
    therefore:In consequence, you'll have to be careful.
  2. take the consequences, to suffer something unpleasant as a result of some other action, event, etc.:If you don't pay your bills you'll have to take the consequences.

See -seq-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
con•se•quence  (konsi kwens′, -kwəns),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the effect, result, or outcome of something occurring earlier:The accident was the consequence of reckless driving.
  2. an act or instance of following something as an effect, result, or outcome.
  3. the conclusion reached by a line of reasoning;
  4. importance or significance:a matter of no consequence.
  5. importance in rank or position;
    distinction:a man of great consequence in art.
  6. Idiomsin consequence, consequently;
    as a result;
    hence:He withdrew from the world, and in consequence was forgotten.
  7. Idiomsin consequence of, as a result of;
    on account of:A trial was held in consequence of the investigation.
  • Latin consequentia. See consequent, -ence
  • Anglo-French)
  • Middle English ( 1350–1400
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged outcome, issue, upshot, sequel. See  effect. 
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged moment, weight. See  importance. 
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged cause.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
consequence /ˈkɒnsɪkwəns/ n
  1. a result or effect of some previous occurrence
  2. an unpleasant result (esp in the phrase take the consequences)
  3. significance or importance: it's of no consequence, a man of consequence
  4. a conclusion reached by reasoning
  5. in consequenceas a result
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Collocations: just have to [face, deal with, take, accept] the consequences, [time, need] to [face] the consequences, he'll have to [face] the consequences (of), more...

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