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consequence

Noun

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, issue, upshot]
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] [ant: inconsequence]

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English

Pronunciation

  • /ˈkɑnsɪkwɛns/

Noun

  1. That which follows something on which it depends; that which is produced by a cause.
  2. A result of actions.
    I'm warning you. If you don't get me the report on time, there will be consequences.
  3. A proposition collected from the agreement of other previous propositions; any conclusion which results from reason or argument; inference.
  4. Chain of causes and effects; consecution.
  5. Importance with respect to what comes after.
  6. The power to influence or produce an effect.

Translations

that which follows something on which it depends; that which is produced by a cause
a result of actions
a proposition collected from the agreement of other previous propositions
  • Finnish: seuraus
chain of causes and effects; consecution
  • Finnish: seuraus
importance with respect to what comes after
the power to influence or produce an effect
  • German: Konsequenz

Extensive Definition

Consequence can refer to:a good or a bad result of your actions.
consequence in German: Konsequenz
consequence in French: Conséquence

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