Definition of subsequent in English:



  • 1Coming after something in time; following.

    ‘the theory was developed subsequent to the earthquake of 1906’
    • ‘Does a posthumous child have some subsequent claim over the estate of its dead father?’
    • ‘That case concerned the imposition of a condition subsequent to the grant of a licence.’
    • ‘Mr Milford's conviction has subsequent to the hearing been quashed and a retrial ordered.’
    • ‘Police would like to hear from anyone with any information on the theft of the vehicle or the subsequent crash.’
    • ‘It is noted that there was an episode of enuresis subsequent to this report.’
    • ‘It opens in the same period and follows their subsequent changes in fortune.’
    • ‘The car park is a very important part of that effort and is vital to its subsequent success.’
    • ‘That which should have happened at or subsequent to conversion has never happened.’
    • ‘What followed, as the subsequent murder trial heard, was a short period of chaos.’
    • ‘This comes subsequent to Ganguly appointing two lawyers to handle his appeal.’
    • ‘The people will know the areas that will not be affected by flooding in subsequent years.’
    • ‘The publishers retain the courage to chalk out a new path in subsequent editions as well.’
    • ‘However, doubt has since been thrown on this decision and it is unlikely to be followed in a subsequent case.’
    • ‘The impact of the mass arrests was evident in the climate of fear at subsequent actions.’
    • ‘Privacy and sensitive support for parents and family with subsequent follow up are essential.’
    • ‘Had they existed at any time subsequent to their split in 1983, they would have been big.’
    • ‘The theft of the items could have been subsequent to the murder and not the reason for it, for example.’
    • ‘It did not follow that every subsequent implementation had to be by means of primary legislation.’
    • ‘He was surprised and impressed by his former band leader's subsequent success.’
    • ‘They would also remain unbeaten in the subsequent league encounters with Bara.’
    following, ensuing, succeeding, successive, later, future, coming, upcoming, to come, next
    following, after, in the wake of, at the close of, at the end of, later than
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    1. 1.1Geology (of a stream or valley) having a direction or character determined by the resistance to erosion of the underlying rock, and typically following the strike of the strata.
      • ‘Then, the rock was buried underneath subsequent rock and was subjected to high pressures and temperatures, causing the rock to recrystallize.’
      • ‘Erosion and subsequent overcompaction were taken into account in the calculation.’


Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin subsequent- ‘following after’ (from the verb subsequi).