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1  —as in:
a direct consequence of
Definition a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
  • Your decision will have three major consequences.
consequences = results
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Her job prospects are hindered as a consequence of the conviction.
  • consequence = result
  • I was terrified of what the consequences would be when Mother found out.
    Dave Pelzer  --  The Lost Boy
  • consequences = results
  • From all the available evidence, there seemed to be little doubt that McCandless, rash and incautious by nature, had committed a careless blunder, confusing one plant for another, and died as a consequence.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • consequence = result
  • A moment of carelessness or bad judgment or plain stupidity carried consequences that lasted forever.
    Tim O'Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • consequences = results
  • Thomas leaned back against the rough rock, overcome by disbelief at what he had just done. Filled with terror at what the consequences might be.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • consequences = undesired effects
  • I was an object of her jealousy, and, consequently, of her hatred;
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • consequently = as a result
  • It was almost four months ago that the door was sealed shut between Hilly and me, a door made of ice so thick it would take a hundred Mississippi summers to melt it. It's not as if I hadn't expected consequences. I just hadn't thought they'd last so long.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • consequences = undesired side effects (results other than those intended) of an action taken
  • It lists a million things I'm not supposed to do and the consequences I'll suffer if I do them.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Speak
  • consequences = results
  • But the separation of children and parents has had lasting negative consequences.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique's Journey
consequences = effects (results)

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2  —as in:
of little consequence
Definition importance or relevance
  • Think carefully. This is a consequential decision.
consequential = important
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • It is the most consequential tax legislation in decades.
  • consequential = important
  • She is a consequential member of the faculty.
  • consequential = important or significant
  • I dare say we could do very well without you; but you men think yourselves of such consequence.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • consequence = importance
  • In an ideal world the gossip of the idle would be of no consequence.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • consequence = importance
  • I may have set something of great consequence in motion.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • consequence = importance or significance
  • But these exact same biases also show up in areas of much more consequence, like education.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • consequence = importance
  • It was an uncharacteristic break from his cover that might easily have alerted his parents to his whereabouts, although the lapse proved to be of no consequence because the private investigator hired by Walt and Billie never caught the slip.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • consequence = importance
  • But he was no longer of any consequence in the search for Charles Wallace.
    Madeleine L'Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • consequence = importance
  • ...and as to the candlestick, it warn't no consequence, it would blow over by and by.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
consequence = importance

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Less commonly:
In classic literature (but never today), consequential may refer to someone with too much feeling of self-importance as when Dickens wrote "Because he's a proud, haughty, consequential, turned-up-nosed peacock." Self-consequence was used in a similar manner, but is more easily understood by modern readers since important is one of the modern senses of consequence. Another classic sense of consequent that is similar to importance or significance refers to "material wealth or prominence" as when Jane Austen wrote: "They had each had money, but their marriages had made a material difference in their degree of consequence."
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