• WordNet 3.6
    • n consequence having important effects or influence "decisions of great consequence are made by the president himself","virtue is of more moment than security","that result is of no consequence"
    • n consequence the outcome of an event especially as relative to an individual
    • n consequence a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon "the magnetic effect was greater when the rod was lengthwise","his decision had depressing consequences for business","he acted very wise after the event"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When airplanes were still a novel invention, seat belts for pilots were installed only after the consequence of their absence was observed to be fatal - several pilots fell to their deaths while flying upside down.
    • Consequence (Logic) A proposition collected from the agreement of other previous propositions; any conclusion which results from reason or argument; inference.
    • Consequence Chain of causes and effects; consecution. "Such fatal consequence unites us three.""Link follows link by necessary consequence ."
    • Consequence Importance with respect to what comes after; power to influence or produce an effect; value; moment; rank; distinction. "It is a matter of small consequence .""A sense of your own worth and consequence ."
    • Consequence That which follows something on which it depends; that which is produced by a cause; a result. "Shun to taste,
      And shun the bitter consequence ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There is a resort town in New Mexico called "Truth or Consequences."
    • n consequence Connection of cause and effect, or of antecedent and consequent; consecution.
    • n consequence That which follows from or grows out of any act, cause, proceeding, or series of actions; an event or effect produced by some preceeding influence, action, act, or cause; a consequent; a result.
    • n consequence The conclusion of a syllogism.
    • n consequence A consequent inference; deduction; specifically, in logic, a form of inference or aspect under which any inference may be regarded, having but one premise, the antecedent, and one conclusion, the consequent, the principle according to which the consequent follows from the antecedent being, like the whole inference, termed the consequence.
    • n consequence Importance; moment; significance: applied to things: as, this is a matter of consequence, or of some, little, great, or no consequence.
    • n consequence Importance; influence; distinction; note: applied to persons: as, a man of consequence.
    • n consequence plural A game in which one player writes down an adjective, the second the name of a man, the third an adjective, the fourth the name of a woman, the fifth what he said, the sixth what she said, the seventh the consequence, etc., etc., no one seeing what the others have written. After all have written, the paper is read.
    • n consequence Synonyms Result, Issue, etc. See effect.
    • consequence To draw inferences; form deductions.
    • n consequence In astronomy, motion from an earlier to a later sign of the zodiac, or from west to east; direct motion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Consequence kon′se-kwens that which follows or comes after as a result: effect: influence: importance:
    • v.i Consequence (Milt.) to draw inferences
    • n Consequence that which follows: the natural effect of a cause
    • n Consequence kon′se-kwens (pl.) a round game describing the meeting of a lady and gentleman and its consequences, each player in turn writing a part of the story, not knowing what the others have written
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  • Jawaharlal Nehru
    “It is only too easy to make suggestions and later try to escape the consequences of what we say.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Every beginning is a consequence. Every beginning ends something.”
  • Mo Udall
    Mo Udall
    “Any change or reform you make is going to have consequence you don't like.”
  • Harry Browne
    Harry Browne
    “Everyone will experience the consequences of his own acts. If his act are right, he'll get good consequences; if they're not, he'll suffer for it.”
  • Dean William R. Inge
    “There are no rewards or punishments -- only consequences.”
  • Robert Green Ingersoll
    “In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments; there are only consequences.”


Law of unintended consequences - Events and/or actions that result from the implementation of a law or rule that the makers of the law did not expect.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., consequentia,: cf. F. conséquence,. See Consequent
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. consequicon, together, and sequi, to follow.


In literature:

It is as much work to construct each separate section, as a common hive; consequently, it is three times the expense to begin with.
"Mysteries of Bee-keeping Explained" by M. Quinby
When, consequently, his need became overpowering, he simply stayed away.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Moreover, a shadow rested upon his name, and he was often insulted as a consequence.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
The Westminster Reviewer retorted by saying that Macaulay prophesied a reign of terror as a necessary consequence of an extended franchise.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3)" by Leslie Stephen
Consequently, will you kindly grant me three days?
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 (Vol 28 of 55)" by Various
The consequence is, in many instances, severe and dangerous illness.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
This is the case whenever a body is fused or melted; but if you add caloric to a liquid, can you tell me what is the consequence?
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet
I have classed death among the consequences of hard drinking.
"Select Temperance Tracts" by American Tract Society
He consequently introduced and advocated the system of horse-hoe husbandry.
"Manures and the principles of manuring" by Charles Morton Aikman
If you shall judge them of any consequence you will lay them before Congress; if not, postage will be all the expense extra.
"The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. I" by Various

In poetry:

That sorrow is the consequence
Of former lives of sin,--
The spur that goads us on and up
A nobler life to win?
"Before A Statue Of Buddha" by John Lawson Stoddard
This only we well may rejoice to be sure,
That Duty is Safety serene and secure,
That if a man does what he does for the best
Whatever the Consequence, Conscience goes blest.
"Light In The Darkness" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
So close our nature is to vice ally'd,
Our very comforts are the source of pride;
And dress, so much corruptio reigns within,
Is both the consequence and cause of sin.
"The Search After Happiness. A Pastoral Drama" by Hannah More
Though its icy horror chill you to the core,
I will tell you what I never told before, -
The consequences true
Of that awful interview,
"The Story of Prince Agib" by William Schwenck Gilbert
As filthy swine can feast on draff,
As thirsty oxen water quaff,
We swill and drench ourselves with heady drink; We wallow in each foul desire,
As hogs delight to roll in more,
And never of the consequences think.
"To The Sons Of Brutus" by Rees Prichard
In consequence, the whole procedure of the House was "fight."
No Ministry created in the morning saw the night.
And all the posts were sinecures the shorthand writers filled;
For the press-reports read briefly: "Sixteen wounded; seven killed."
"In The First Elective Ministry" by C J Dennis

In news:

Consequently, in high school, the groups formerly known as the Bluebirds and Redbirds have evolved into tracks: College Preparatory and Vocational.
Roxbury — Truth or Consequences.
The dust from the Jerry Sandusky sexual molestation conviction is beginning to settle and, as a consequence, we are all feeling a little dirty.
ROME, Italy, July 31 REBECCA Soni of the United States took the women's 200 breast final out way too fast and suffered the consequences as she fell out of medal contention the final 25 meters.
The Left-Hander Syndrome The Causes and Consequences of Left- Handedness By Stanley Coren Illustrated 308 pages.
A bad choice made at a young age brings about devastating consequences many years later.
Research from Mayo Clinic estimates that about 5 million adult Americans have moderate or severe heart valve disease as a consequence of aging, according to a study published online in The Lancet.
Nurses, nursing aides and orderlies have borne the weight of the nation's obesity epidemic and suffered the consequences.
Right now there are more unanswered questions than answers about what is happening with the hemorrhaging oil gusher at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico and what will be its short and long term environmental, health and economic consequences.
Research at last begins to cast some light on the extent, causes and consequences of cross-border marriages.
Driving to the estate, David is distracted while arguing with Jo, and consequently hits and kills a young Moroccan.
Consequently, Aguirre is working on a virtual holographic solution that could improve reading accuracy and efficiency by allowing physicians to see and interact with tissue in space as if it were a real physical object.
The emotional and mental health cost to the nation's military personnel as a consequence of our long-term involvement in two wars is staggering.
The mysteriously declining population may have dire agricultural consequences.
We're going to hear now about some surprising consequences of the weak housing market in this country.

In science:

Consequently such constrains like a time table etc. that represent external influence on the transport do not exist.
The statistical properties of the city transport in Cuernavaca (Mexico) and Random matrix ensembles
In consequence we could assume that the module square of the SchEl’s OrbWvFnc ψ(r, t) describes the probability density of its location close by the space point r at the time moment t in the good light of our obvious interpretation.
Physical model of Schrodinger's electron. Heisenberg convenient way for description of its quantum behaviour
The existence of regions with different vacua can have very interesting physical consequences for a distribution of free electrons in the ion lattice.
A String Approximation for Cooper Pair in High-T$_{\bf c}$ superconductivity
This difference is a direct consequence of the remarkable spin-dependence of the scattering amplitude which limits the reliability of the estimation of |Rs |2 within perturbation theory.
Violation of pseudospin symmetry in nucleon-nucleus scattering: exact relations
It is an immediate consequence of the fact that any multi-linear ob ject dependent on λ and e can be expanded as functions which contain λ and e as distinct ob jects.
On the triviality of certain non-Riemannian models of gravitation