consequence[kän′si kwens′, -kwəns]
- The definition of consequence is a natural result that flows from something else, or importance in ranking.
- If you do something wrong and get grounded, this is an example of aconsequence.
- If there is a matter of great importance that you have to address, this is an example of a matter of greatconsequence.
A child being punished as a consequence of his actions.
- a result of an action, process, etc.; outcome; effect
- a logical result or conclusion; inference
- the relation of effect to cause
- importance as a cause or influence: a matter of slight consequence
- importance in rank; influence: a person of consequence
Origin of consequenceOld French ; from Classical Latin consequentia ; from consequens, present participle of consequi, to follow after ; from com-, with + sequi, to follow: see sequent
in consequence (of)
take the consequences
- That which follows something on which it depends; that which is produced by a cause.
- A result of actions, especially if such a result is unwanted or unpleasant.
- I'm warning you. If you don't get me the report on time, there will be consequences.
- A proposition collected from the agreement of other previous propositions; any conclusion which results from reason or argument; inference.
- Chain of causes and effects; consecution.
- Importance with respect to what comes after.
- The power to influence or produce an effect.
- (especially when preceded by "of") Importance, value, or influence.
- Adjectives often applied to "consequence": social, legal, environmental, political, economic, personal, cultural, moral, unintended, undesirable, likely, probable, necessary, logical, natural, important, significant, bad, disastrous, devastating, fatal, catastrophic, harmful.
(third-person singular simple present consequences, present participle consequencing, simple past and past participle consequenced)
- To threaten or punish (a child, etc.) with specific consequences for misbehaviour.
From Old French