One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Not connected or following logically; irrelevant.‘people say the most stupid, inconsequent things when surprised’
- ‘The title is as inconsequent as the rest of the production, which is meant to create laughter and succeeds.’
- ‘Incipient socialism shared the same terrain as liberalism, the defence of private interest, but proposed inconsequent and unacceptable solutions to the conditions which liberalism simply affirmed.’
- 1.1another term for inconsequential
- ‘I had got attached to the place and its strange inconsequent life, its near-peacefulness and distant dangers.’
- ‘Well, she knows why: it's that ‘he’ is not even an ‘it’ but only an effectively inconsequent something.’
Late 16th century: from Latin inconsequent-, from in- ‘not’ + consequent- ‘overtaking, following closely’ (see consequent).
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