Definition of consequence in English:

consequence

noun

  • 1A result or effect of an action or condition.

    ‘many have been laid off from work as a consequence of the administration's policies’
    • ‘Drought in Australia as a consequence of El Niño has had substantial effects on production.’
    • ‘I suspect, in fact, that this is as a consequence of having spent so much time recently thinking visually.’
    • ‘I am much more inclined to think that their alcoholism or addiction has come about as a consequence of their situation.’
    • ‘As a consequence of this the County Council hope to bring successful prosecutions in the near future.’
    • ‘People do die as a consequence of our health care system when it cannot provide timely and proper care.’
    • ‘As a consequence of binge drinking they are also likely to be absent from work or school.’
    • ‘Residents fear a major accident is imminent, as a consequence of the excess speed of vehicles.’
    • ‘The technique ought to be very specific in its choice of target, with few side effects as a consequence.’
    • ‘Just two years ago, she had one of her legs amputated as a consequence of a rare form of cancer, but vowed it would be no bar to living a full life.’
    • ‘As a consequence of her resignation she was required to vacate the property.’
    • ‘As part of his claimant stated that he could no longer play any sports as a consequence of the accident.’
    • ‘We have low inflation and as a consequence of that I think people are creating jobs and full time jobs.’
    • ‘This is primarily as a consequence of fuel poverty and inadequate insulation of houses.’
    • ‘Farmers were ruined and indebted as a consequence of war and the passage of troops.’
    • ‘There are two bigger pictures taking shape as a consequence of this result.’
    • ‘Accordingly, we write to confirm the proposal that we have formulated as a consequence of our recent discussions.’
    • ‘In fact, twice as many people die in Britain as the result of cold winter nights as they do as a consequence of hot summer days.’
    • ‘I do not see how the respondents can claim that they were successful as a consequence of the hearing.’
    • ‘Of course, as a consequence of all that activity, I'm shattered this morning.’
    • ‘She told the court she feared her client might suffer as a consequence of the Lord Chief Justice's new guidelines.’
    result, upshot, outcome, out-turn, sequel, effect, reaction, repercussion, reverberations, ramification, end, end result, conclusion, termination, culmination, denouement, corollary, concomitant, aftermath, product, produce, by-product
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  • 2[often with negative] Importance or relevance.

    ‘the past is of no consequence’
    ‘he didn't say anything of great consequence’
    • ‘These are votes on issues that have no real consequence to Canadian society.’
    • ‘It is of no consequence that the switch of domination occurred after rugby turned professional.’
    • ‘They have no property, reputation or access to resources so they can mouth off without consequence.’
    • ‘The first time it happened he dismissed it as a silly nightmare of no consequence.’
    • ‘Whatever anybody else is doing out there is of no consequence to us.’
    • ‘Then I laughed and made some light comment of no consequence hoping to change the topic.’
    • ‘Likely as not the prisoner was a man of no consequence who was being used to make trouble.’
    • ‘In other words, you should barter what is of no consequence to you but may be of value to others.’
    • ‘He refused to do so, saying that their names were of no consequence since the men in question were dead anyway.’
    • ‘At my age the future of the town is of no consequence in personal terms.’
    • ‘Maybe it's enough that he did leave and the reason why is of no consequence at all.’
    • ‘At best, these are tactical devices with limited consequence; but they are not strategic weapons.’
    • ‘As we have said before these small post offices are a central part of local communities, but clearly that is of no consequence.’
    • ‘To these people, it is of no consequence that animals should suffer or die, simply for entertainment.’
    • ‘The fact that the spot is reserved for a disabled driver is of no consequence to you.’
    • ‘If we do not face global warming and other environmental problems, all the politics in the world are of no consequence.’
    • ‘Are you going to be a great nation or a couple of forgotten islands of no consequence?’
    • ‘The story is interesting but there is nothing of particular consequence for us to note here.’
    • ‘For me, the political leanings of either of the two persons discussed is of no consequence.’
    • ‘In fact, it's fair to say that there are no named sources of any consequence in the piece.’
    importance, import, significance, account, moment, momentousness, substance, note, mark, prominence, value, weightiness, weight, concern, interest, gravity, seriousness
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    1. 2.1dated Social distinction.
      ‘a woman of consequence’
      • ‘Both serving and retired soldiers were persons of consequence in their communities.’
      • ‘He was clearly of consequence but his hold on power was precarious.’
      • ‘She marries a respectable Dutch merchant in London and subsequently lives as a person of consequence in Holland.’
      fame, distinction, eminence, pre-eminence, prominence, repute, reputation, prestige, acclaim, celebrity, note, notability, mark, standing, stature, account
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Phrases

  • in consequence

    • As a result.

      • ‘The jury held that he was capable of managing his own affairs and he will in consequence be discharged from the local asylum.’
      • ‘If they are unwilling to do that, and in consequence cannot find the workers they need, then they have no-one to blame but themselves.’
      • ‘They ought, in consequence, to attract the nation's sympathy.’
      • ‘That was in consequence of a misunderstanding between myself and a young person.’
      • ‘And in consequence, letters became an absolutely key means of communication.’
      • ‘After the revolution the social prestige of the working class rose considerably and in consequence the prestige of the lower middle class fell in relative terms.’
      • ‘Their prescriptions, in consequence, dramatically differ from those of the deep ecologists.’
      • ‘The basic philosophy of this organization must be, in consequence, deeply humanistic.’
      • ‘There is no action that ought to be taken in consequence, there is no injury that could be righted in that way.’
      • ‘Haven't I been present as a student at many operations which ought never to have been done, and in several cases the patient has died in consequence?’
      therefore, for that reason, consequently, so, as a result, as a consequence, in consequence, hence, thus, then, that being so, that being the case, on that account
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  • take the consequences

    • Accept responsibility for the negative results of one's action.

      • ‘Having made the choice for her, the parents should bear the consequences.’
      • ‘Both groups know they have the freedom to say whatever they want; both groups also understand that they have to take the consequences.’
      • ‘If they break the law by making nuisances of themselves - let them learn by taking the consequences.’
      • ‘He has done wrong and will have to take the consequences, but it has gone beyond hunting now, it's about civil liberties.’
      • ‘And he was leaving his job anyway and would not bear the consequences.’
      • ‘If you accept the fact that it is illegal then you have to accept the risk and be prepared to take the consequences.’
      • ‘If they choose to attack someone of particular sensitivity or vulnerability, they must generally speaking be ready to take the consequences.’
      • ‘Those who want to replace peace with confrontation will also take the responsibility and bear the consequences.’
      • ‘Liberty not only means that the individual has both the opportunity and burden of choice; it also means that he must bear the consequences of his actions.’
      • ‘I want him to face up to his responsibilities and take the consequences of his actions.’

Origin

Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin consequentia, from consequent- following closely from the verb consequi.

Pronunciation:

consequence

/ˈkänsikwəns/