- a result or effect of some previous occurrence
- an unpleasant result (esp in the phrase take the consequences)
- significance or importance: it's of no consequence, a man of consequence
- a conclusion reached by reasoning
- in consequence ⇒ as a result
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
- the effect, result, or outcome of something occurring earlier:[countable]What will be the consequences of threatening him with military intervention?
- [uncountable] importance or significance: a matter of no consequence.
- Idiomsin consequence, [uncountable] consequently;
as a result;
therefore:In consequence, you'll have to be careful.
- 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.
- the effect, result, or outcome of something occurring earlier:The accident was the consequence of reckless driving.
- an act or instance of following something as an effect, result, or outcome.
- the conclusion reached by a line of reasoning;
- importance or significance:a matter of no consequence.
- importance in rank or position;
distinction:a man of great consequence in art.
- Idiomsin consequence, consequently;
as a result;
hence:He withdrew from the world, and in consequence was forgotten.
- Idiomsin consequence of, as a result of;
on account of:A trial was held in consequence of the investigation.
- Latin consequentia. See consequent, -ence
- 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.