- 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 policiesMore example sentences
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
- 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.
- 2 [mass noun, usually with negative] Importance or relevance: the past is of no consequenceMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2.1 • dated Social distinction: a woman of consequenceMore example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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.
- As a result: he died in consequence of injuries sustainedMore example sentences
- 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 consequencesMore example sentences
- 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.
late Middle English: via Old French from Latin consequentia, from consequent- 'following closely', from the verb consequi.