American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Following as an effect, result, or conclusion; consequent.
- adj. Having important consequences; significant: "The year's only really consequential legislation was the reform of Social Security” ( New York Times).
- adj. Important; influential: a consequential figure in the academic community.
- adj. Pompous; self-important.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Following as the effect or result; resultant.
- Havingt the consequence properly connected with the premises; logically correct; conclusive.
- Assuming airs of consequence or great self-importance, or characterized by such affectation; conceited; pompous: applied to persons and their manners.
- n. An inference; a deduction; a conclusion.
- adj. following as a result
- adj. having significant consequences; of importance
- adj. something which is important or significant
- adj. someone who is self-important
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Following as a consequence, result, or logical inference; consequent.
- adj. Assuming or exhibiting an air of consequence; pretending to importance; pompous; self-important. See Consequence, n., 4.
- adj. having important issues or results
“The most consequential is Wisconsin, where a handful of new polls now show incumbent Senator Russ Feingold trailing Republican challenger Ron Johnson.”
“Many of these battles were over matters that were complex and technical but hugely consequential, that is, precisely the kind of fights in which lobbyists and interest groups excel.”
“Where to draw the line and how to draw the line is quite problematic and consequential, which is perhaps why only legislatures instead of courts should handle re-defining "family.”
“Tell me a little bit about, it would be interesting to have your sense of how you in your CEOs desk over the years have had to watch the whole technology issue unfold and make probably at times some really important and in cost terms consequential choices about technology systems you're going to employ.”
“Her story has produced several effects which I would describe as consequential goods.”
“Finally, there is what BoatU. S. calls consequential damage coverage and like most insurance; it's about how much boaters care to gamble.”
“CIMB said while the impairment charges are not "consequential" as they do not affect capital adequacy, it continues to see "de-rating catalysts from margin pressure.”
“Those kind of consequential analyses are much harder in cyberspace, and so it's hard to apply the proportionality test.”
“But that, ironically, was precisely the preoccupation of the last administration — doing it big, being "consequential," showing history.”
“You name it and almost anything pertaining to civil liberties are "consequential" to this act.”
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