Definition of consequential in English:



  • 1Following as a result or effect.

    ‘a loss of confidence and a consequential withdrawal of funds’
    • ‘The effluents from this factory have been shown to impact the surrounding environment, with the consequential adverse effects on food and water.’
    • ‘The consequential result of this increase in stressful appraisals is a decrease in psychological well-being.’
    • ‘This will be the case if the securing of the private benefit was not the object of the payment but merely a consequential and incidental effect of the payment.’
    • ‘It deals with priorities, and makes some consequential appeals as a result of the amendments that are made, as well.’
    • ‘The prop suffered a broken nose last week in an incident, an alleged head butt, which sparked his retaliation and consequential red card.’
    • ‘To reduce costs in a structured and well planned manner that does not surprise the teams or result in unforeseen consequential costs.’
    • ‘That decision-making process was clearly affected by the provision of wrong information, with the consequential result that the opportunity to go elsewhere was lost.’
    • ‘However, the authors caution against prolonged use of any substance that could lead to a decreased intake of milk with consequential nutritional adverse effects.’
    • ‘The modern centralised Sagha is largely a result of the development of the modern nation-state and the consequential centralisation of political power.’
    • ‘Part 2 discusses consequential repeals and amendments relating to the matters that we have discussed.’
    • ‘I shall return later to the associated ground of challenge on the basis that all this had an unfair consequential effect on the disciplinary proceedings.’
    • ‘I think it is very, very important that when you put a particular amendment, you clearly spell out, prior to the voting, what the consequential effect will be on voting for that amendment.’
    • ‘Business interruption or consequential loss covers the loss of gross profit following an insured event due to loss of turnover and increased costs of working.’
    • ‘However, the policy excluded, among other things, consequential losses resulting from the erasure, loss, distortion or corruption of information on computer systems.’
    • ‘That fourth set loss and the consequential collapse of momentum would have destroyed the balance and composure of almost any athlete in any sport.’
    • ‘Now, due to the popularity of concerts and the consequential accumulation of a small sum of money in reserve, it is possible to pay musicians a reasonable fee, and Macedon Music is now able to invite high-profile musicians to perform.’
    resulting, resultant, ensuing, consequent
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    1. 1.1Law Resulting from an act, but not immediately and directly.
      ‘consequential damages’
      • ‘If in the event of a correspondent bank's lapse the customer's bank or the correspondent itself is to be made liable, either at common law or by statute, the issue of consequential damages must be faced up to.’
      • ‘It thus became the norm to bring case where the negligence of the defendant produced either immediate or consequential damage.’
      • ‘This site and its owners are not liable for any direct, incidental, consequential, indirect or punitive damages arising from your access to this site or any contents of this site.’
      • ‘Clause 19.4 excludes all liability for indirect or consequential loss or damage on the part of either party.’
      • ‘The claim is for the consequential damage suffered.’
      incidental, accidental, unintended, secondary, subordinate, ancillary, collateral, concomitant, accompanying, contingent, resulting, resultant, derived, derivative
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  • 2Important; significant.

    ‘the new congress lacked consequential leaders’
    • ‘Voters knew the stakes - polls showed majorities thought this was an important and consequential election - and both candidates had plenty of opportunity to make their cases.’
    • ‘Planning becomes more important when one considers the long-term nature of consequential decisions.’
    • ‘Because of their consequential increased holdings, men had to take them more seriously.’
    • ‘Warfare is important not just because the fortunes of battle are consequential but also because of the many kinds of conflict induced by state-led mobilizations of resources.’
    • ‘Evangelicals often referred to having accepted Christ (meaning their conversion) as the most consequential moment in their lives.’
    • ‘Additionally, what is important for one company team commander may not be as consequential to another.’
    • ‘But in the absence of intrepid investigative reporting and editorial courage, they smothered the audience in inconsequential material about the most consequential of topics.’
    • ‘Matters as mundane as how quickly a programme is implemented can affect the possibility of meeting policy goals, and major administrative decisions can be even more consequential.’
    • ‘They cannot determine which facts have important policy implications and which are less consequential.’
    • ‘Similarly the Buddha taught that human individuals are not to be seen as isolated from each other, but as conjoined to each other in a weighty and consequential relationship.’
    • ‘It serves as an excellent first point of contact with such a consequential and weighty concept as reconciliation.’
    • ‘The shocking reality is that he became a consequential president, an extremely important president, and one who might even be called a transformative president.’
    • ‘Seriously, consequential cultural issues are at stake, not least the issue of finding ways for writers and other cultural workers to be fairly paid and support themselves from their work.’
    • ‘The answers to these and other important questions are monumentally consequential with respect to both prevention and intervention efforts.’
    • ‘What team members will discover is that all failure modes are not equally consequential.’
    important, significant, major, momentous, of moment, weighty, material, meaty, appreciable, memorable, far-reaching, life-changing, serious
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Early 17th century: from Latin consequentia (see consequence)+ -al.