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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Following as a natural effect, result, or conclusion: tried to prevent an oil spill and the consequent damage to wildlife.
  • adj. Following as a logical conclusion.
  • adj. Logically correct or consistent.
  • adj. Geology Having a position or direction determined by the original form or slope of the earth's surface: a consequent river; a consequent valley.
  • n. Logic The conclusion, as of a syllogism or a conditional sentence.
  • n. The second term of a ratio.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Following as a result, inference, or natural effect.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to consequences.
  • n. The second half of a hypothetical proposition; Q, if the form of the proposition is "If P, then Q."
  • n. An event which follows another.
  • n. The second term of a ratio, i.e. the term b in the ratio a:b, the other being the antecedent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Following as a result, inference, or natural effect.
  • adj. Following by necessary inference or rational deduction.
  • n. That which follows, or results from, a cause; a result or natural effect.
  • n. That which follows from propositions by rational deduction; that which is deduced from reasoning or argumentation; a conclusion, or inference.
  • n. The second term of a ratio, as the term b in the ratio a:b, the first a, being the antecedent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Following as an effect or result, or as a necessary inference; having a relation of sequence: with on, or rarely to: as, the war and the consequent poverty; the poverty consequent on the war.
  • Following in time; subsequent.
  • Characterized by correctness of inference or connectedness of reasoning; logical: as, a consequent action.
  • n. Effect or result; that which proceeds from a cause; outcome.
  • n. In logic: That member of a hypothetical proposition which contains the conclusion. See antecedent. The conclusion of a consequence, or necessary inference conceived as consisting of an antecedent (or premise) and a consequent (or conclusion), and as governed by a consequence (or principle of consecution).
  • n. 3. In music, same as comes, 3.
  • In physical geography, resulting directly from original conditions; having a course determined by the form or slope of an initial land-surface: as, a consequent divide, consequent drainage, a consequent river, a consequent valley, etc. Contrasted with insequent, 2, obsequent, 2, antecedent, 2.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. following or accompanying as a consequence

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin cōnsequēns, cōnsequent-, present participle of cōnsequī, to follow closely : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + sequī, to follow; see sekw-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin consequens, consequentis, present participle of consequi ("to follow"), from con- + sequi ("to follow"). Compare French conséquent. (Wiktionary)

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