Definition of consequent in English:


Line breaks: con|se¦quent
Pronunciation: /ˈkɒnsɪkw(ə)nt


  • 2 Geology (Of a stream or valley) having a direction or character determined by the original slope of the land before erosion.
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    • 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.


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  • 1 Logic The second part of a conditional proposition, whose truth is stated to be implied by 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.
  • 2 Music The second or imitating voice or part in a canon.
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    • In more substantial structures, where the antecedent focuses primarily on tonic harmony, the consequent is as likely to move to the dominant, or some other chord, as to return to the tonic.
    • He ranges impressively over both precedents and consequents.


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

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