- The definition of consequent is something that follows as a result, or logically follows.
- An example of consequent is a burn from pulling something out of the oven without using an oven mitt.
- An example of consequent is two coming after one.
- following as a result; resulting
- proceeding in logical sequence
Origin of consequentOld French ; from Classical Latin consequens: see consequence
- anything that follows
- the second term of a conditional proposition
- an inference
- Math. the second term, denominator, or divisor of a ratio
consequent onor consequent upon
- following as a result of
- inferred from
- a. Following as a natural effect, result, or conclusion: tried to prevent an oil spill and the consequent damage to wildlife.b. Following as a logical conclusion.
- Logically correct or consistent.
- Geology Having a position or direction determined by the original form or slope of the earth's surface: a consequent river; a consequent valley.
- Logic The conclusion, as of a syllogism or a conditional sentence.
- The second term of a ratio.
Origin of consequentMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin cōnsequēns, cōnsequent-, present participle of cōnsequī, to follow closely : com-, intensive pref.; see com– + sequī, to follow; see sekw-1 in Indo-European roots.
From Middle French conséquent, from Latin consequens, consequentis, present participle of consequi (“to follow”), from con- + sequi (“to follow”). Compare French conséquent.