Definition of consequent in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkänsəkwənt/


1Following as a result or effect: labor shortages would be created with a consequent increase in wages
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  • Rising house prices and rising interest rates have resulted in a squeeze on first time buyers with consequent effects on recruitment and retention in key public services.
  • The film also focuses on the scars left on the river as a result of indiscriminate sand mining and the consequent effect on flora and fauna.
  • As a result, effects in one domain generate consequent effects in the other domains.
resulting, resultant, ensuing, consequential;
following, subsequent, successive;
attendant, accompanying, concomitant;
collateral, associated, related
1.1 Geology (Of a stream or valley) having a direction or character determined by the original slope of the land before erosion.
Example sentences
  • In technical terms the Colorado River is antecedent to the Edwards Plateau and consequent to the Coastal Plain.
  • Most of the streams normally follow the continental slope toward the sea across the various provinces and are of the kind called consequent streams.
  • Radial consequent streams cut deep canyons into the flanks of the extinct shield volcano, and these canyons are opened out into deep, steep-walled amphitheaters.
1.2 archaic Logically consistent.


1A thing that follows another.
1.1 Logic The second part of a conditional proposition, whose truth is stated to be conditional upon that of the antecedent.
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  • The antecedents and consequents of conditionals must be complete sentences.
  • If the antecedent is more true than the consequent, then the conditional is less than the maximal truth by the difference between their values.
  • But every complete sentence can be used without expressing a judgement, for instance as the antecedent or consequent of a conditional.
1.2 Mathematics The second term of a ratio.


Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin consequent- 'overtaking, following closely', from the verb consequi.

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Syllabification: con·se·quent

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