con·se·quence /ˈkɑn(t)səˌkwɛn(t)s, sɪkwən(t)s/
1. 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. --Milton.
2. Logic A proposition collected from the agreement of other previous propositions; any conclusion which results from reason or argument; inference.
3. Chain of causes and effects; consecution.
Such fatal consequence unites us three. --Milton.
Link follows link by necessary consequence. --Coleridge.
4. 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. --Shak.
A sense of your own worth and consequence. --Cowper.
In consequence, hence; for this cause.
In consequence of, by reason of; as the effect of.
Syn: -- Effect; result; end. See Effect.
n 1: 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" [syn: effect, outcome, result, event,
2: the outcome of an event especially as relative to an
individual; "that result is of no consequence" [syn: aftermath]
3: having important effects or influence; "decisions of great
consequence are made by the president himself"; "virtue is
of more moment that security" [syn: import, moment]