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Line breaks: con|se¦quence
Pronunciation: /ˈkɒnsɪkw(ə)ns

Definition of consequence in English:


1A result or effect, typically one that is unwelcome or unpleasant: abrupt withdrawal of drug treatment can have serious consequences many have been laid off from work as a consequence of government policies
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  • There are two bigger pictures taking shape as a consequence of this result.
  • In fact, twice as many people die in Britain as the result of cold winter nights as they do as a consequence of hot summer days.
  • I do not see how the respondents can claim that they were successful as a consequence of the hearing.
result, upshot, outcome, out-turn, sequel, effect, reaction, repercussion, reverberations, ramification, end, end result, conclusion, termination, culmination, denouement, corollary, concomitant, aftermath, fruit(s), product, produce, by-product;
Medicine sequelae
informal pay-off
dated issue
archaic success
2 [mass noun, usually with negative] Importance or relevance: the past is of no consequence
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  • Are you going to be a great nation or a couple of forgotten islands of no consequence?
  • In other words, you should barter what is of no consequence to you but may be of value to others.
  • It is of no consequence that the switch of domination occurred after rugby turned professional.
importance, import, significance, account, moment, momentousness, substance, note, mark, prominence, value, weightiness, weight, concern, interest, gravity, seriousness
2.1 dated Social distinction: a woman of consequence
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  • She marries a respectable Dutch merchant in London and subsequently lives as a person of consequence in Holland.
  • He was clearly of consequence but his hold on power was precarious.
  • Both serving and retired soldiers were persons of consequence in their communities.
3 (consequences) [treated as singular] A game in which a narrative is made up by the players in turn, each ignorant of what has already been contributed.
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  • My family's been playing consequences for years.
  • This would include ‘a parent inventing a bedtime story or a child playing consequences at a birthday party.’
  • The groups used their creative imaginations and played a game of 'consequences' to create drawings and models of creatures such as reptiles, insects, birds and fish.


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


in consequence

As a result: he died in consequence of injuries sustained
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  • Haven't I been present as a student at many operations which ought never to have been done, and in several cases the patient has died in consequence?
  • And in consequence, letters became an absolutely key means of communication.
  • If they are unwilling to do that, and in consequence cannot find the workers they need, then they have no-one to blame but themselves.

take (or bear) the consequences

Accept responsibility for the negative results or effects of one’s choice or action: you acted on your own initiative, and you will take the consequences
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  • I want him to face up to his responsibilities and take the consequences of his actions.
  • Those who want to replace peace with confrontation will also take the responsibility and bear the consequences.
  • Having made the choice for her, the parents should bear the consequences.

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