Definitions

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

  • adj. Having no importance or significance.
  • adj. Inconsistent or illogical: inconsequent reasoning.
  • adj. Proceeding without a natural or logical sequence; haphazard: a speech full of inconsequent statements.

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  • adj. Alternative form of inconsequential.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not following from the premises; not regularly inferred; invalid; not characterized by logical method; illogical; arbitrary; inconsistent; of no consequence.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not consequent; not resulting from what has preceded; out of proper relation; irrelevant: as, inconsequent remarks; his actions are very inconsequent.
  • Not following from the premises; of the nature of an inference the conclusion of which might be false though the premises were true; illogical; formally fallacious.

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

  • adj. lacking worth or importance

Etymologies

Late Latin incōnsequēns, incōnsequent- : Latin in-, not; see in-1 + Latin cōnsequēns, consequent; see consequent.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • I skipped back with much agility, also a little to one side, because there was nothing else to do, reflecting in a kind of inconsequent way, that after all Zikali's Great Medicine was not worth a curse.

    She and Allan

  • The only bad effect of all this was to make the lives of Mrs. Schoville and divers others of her sex more monotonous, and to cause them to lose faith in certain hoary and inconsequent maxims.

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  • As the Holy Father has stated and witnesses to us, the external forms of the liturgy are not inconsequent or mere pharisaism rather they are of great importance for the experiential in teaching and passing on the Faith.

    The Sacred Liturgy: The First School of the Faith

  • (I will note, of course, that it is not a Catholic parish, but that is inconsequent to our consideration of the architecture.)

    More Italianate Architecture: St. Mary and St. Nicholas, Wilton, England

  • The muddled and inconsequent surface of things now and then parts to yield us a gift.

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  • "Lit-lit," so called from her fashion, even as a child, of being fluttery, of darting about from place to place like a butterfly, of being inconsequent and merry, and of laughing as lightly as she darted and danced about.

    THE MARRIAGE TO LIT-LIT

  • To the innocent, who had never seen it before, it seemed discorded and inconsequent, bizarre and paradoxical like the frantic darting of the weightless bugs which run on the surface of stagnant pools.

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  • "The value of a person's stock market portfolio is not inconsequent; there's a perceived feeling of wealth," says Mr. Pringuet.

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  • This administration has deemed that security and terrorism are almost inconsequent concerns of American taxpayers, since it has attached such an inconsequential individual to manage the department.

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  • DFL said being inconsequent with scientific safeguards would leave ample loopholes to make it virtually inevitable for the general public

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