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Syllabification: con·se·quence
Pronunciation: /ˈkänsikwəns

Definition of consequence in English:


1A result or effect of an action or condition: many have been laid off from work as a consequence of the administration’s policies
More example sentences
  • 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, effect, repercussion, ramification, corollary, concomitant, aftermath, aftereffect;
informal payoff
Medicine sequela
2 [often with negative] Importance or relevance: the past is of no consequence he didn’t say anything of great 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, substance, note, mark, prominence, value, concern, interest
formal moment
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.


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


in consequence

As a result.
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 the consequences

Accept responsibility for the negative results of one’s action.
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.

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