One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Following as a result or effect.‘the social problems of pupils and their consequent educational difficulties’‘you've got a university place consequent on your exam results’
resulting, resultant, ensuing, consequentialView synonyms
- ‘It was in comparatively recent times, following the start of the Industrial Revolution and the consequent increase in the demand for meat, that the breeding of sheep for meat made important advances in Britain.’
- ‘But this would not be so efficient or convenient a way of doing things simply because it would involve an enormous number of insurance policies instead of relatively few, with a consequent increase in insurance costs.’
- ‘Critics of congressional monetary policy would point out the legislative lags that result and the consequent harm to economic performance.’
- ‘The film also focuses on the scars left on the river as a result of indiscriminate sand mining and the consequent effect on flora and fauna.’
- ‘It has long been understood that following haemorrhage, the consequent blood stasis prevents the formation of new blood.’
- ‘As a result, effects in one domain generate consequent effects in the other domains.’
- ‘In addition to damaging patients' health, poor nutrition and the consequent increase in hospital stays may be costing the exchequer millions of pounds each year.’
- ‘She claims compensation for irreparable effects of the assaults on her mental condition and their consequent effect on her ability to earn her future livelihood.’
- ‘If the research fails to produce expected results, the consequent frustration could be disastrous.’
- ‘A recent survey of the traffic in the town revealed that on an average weekday, more than 4000 vehicles pass along Main Street, with consequent difficulties for those trying to cross the road.’
- ‘There was a surge of missionaries (especially from North America) and a consequent increase in the number of evangelical congregations.’
- ‘It was possible that one of the reasons for the drop in cervical cancer could be the result of an improvement in economic conditions, and consequent increase in the level of awareness among people.’
- ‘Otherwise, we're going to see a slow death of scientific research in this country, with consequent effects on the rest of the economy.’
- ‘As a result of the consequent shortfall between supply and demand, a spokesman complained, some poor schools would have to recycle worn out copies, so that needy children would be learning from third- or even fourth-hand books.’
- ‘Rising house prices and rising interest rates have resulted in a squeeze on first time buyers with consequent effects on recruitment and retention in key public services.’
- ‘He delivered a speech about inbreeding and the consequent side effects.’
- ‘As a result of shorter hospital stays and a consequent increase in the acute care provided in outpatient settings, the authors say, the office practice setting could yield a greater margin for improvement.’
- ‘The consequent decline in discipline results in a behavioural focus - for instance insisting on the wearing of student ID cards, with students sent home from lessons if they fail to do so.’
- ‘The second half of the eighteenth century saw substantial changes in the agrarian practices employed in north-east Scotland, consequent on the need to increase the profitability of the great estates.’
- ‘It did not completely absolve itself of blame, however, admitting that its rapid expansion and consequent dependence on increases in demand contributed to the problems.’
- 1.1archaic Logically consistent.
(of a stream or valley) having a direction or character determined by the original slope of the land before erosion.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
The second part of a conditional proposition, whose truth is stated to be implied by that of the antecedent.
- ‘In some cases, there are minor discrepancies between the two tables because antecedents outnumber consequents due to truncation at breaks.’
- ‘The antecedents and consequents of conditionals must be complete sentences.’
- ‘But every complete sentence can be used without expressing a judgement, for instance as the antecedent or consequent of a conditional.’
- ‘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 this gives us a true antecedent and a false consequent, and so the consequence does not hold.’
The second or imitating voice or part in a canon.
- ‘He ranges impressively over both precedents and consequents.’
- ‘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.’
Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin consequent- ‘overtaking, following closely’, from the verb consequi.
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