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consequence
used in 1776

2 meanings, 31 uses
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1  —21 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
Definition
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
  • The townspeople had been given advance warning and consequently no one was killed, but the entire population was without homes on the eve of winter.
    p. 56.6
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • He hoped his people in America would see the light, and recognize "that to be a subject of Great Britain, with all its consequences, is to be the freest member of any civil society in the known world."
    p. 11.5
  • "Among the many unavoidable ill consequences of this rebellion," he said at the last, "none affects me more sensibly than the extraordinary burden which it must create to my faithful subjects."
    p. 12.4
  • The measures recommended from the throne, warned the Marquis of Rockingham, were "big with the most portentous and ruinous consequences."
    p. 12.9
  • I cannot consent to the bloody consequences of so silly a contest about so silly an object, conducted in the silliest manner that history or observation has ever furnished an instance of, and from which we are likely to derive nothing but poverty, disgrace, defeat, and ruin.
    p. 18.1
  • Of course, "the hazard, the loss of men in the attempt and the probable consequences of failure" had also to be considered.
    p. 53.8
  • I dread the consequences of this dissimilitude of character, and without the utmost caution on both sides, and the most considerate forbearance with one another and prudent condescension on both sides, they will certainly be fatal.
    p. 57.8
  • "I foresaw the consequence, and gave it formally as my opinion at the time, that if the King's troops should be ever driven from Boston, it would be by rebel batteries raised on those heights."
    p. 70.7
  • "The thaw has been so grave that I've trembled for the consequences, for without snow my very important charge cannot get along."
    p. 84.3
  • An assault on a town garrisoned with regular troops could have horrible consequences, Greene wrote, "horrible if it succeeded, and still more horrible if it failed."
    p. 87.4
  • But an earnest young Presbyterian chaplain with the New Jersey troops, a graduate of the College of New Jersey at Princeton, Philip Vickers Fithian, found the level of piety alarmingly below his expectations and worried what the consequences might be to the American cause of so many of all ranks so habitually taking the name of the Lord in vain.
    p. 123.9
  • Suppose this army should be defeated, two or three of the leading generals killed, our stores and magazines all lost, I would not be answerable for the consequences that such a stroke might produce in American politics.
    p. 130.5
  • Told that there were 8,000 or 9,000, he quickly concluded the landing was the feint he had expected, and consequently he dispatched only 1,500 more troops across the East River to Brooklyn, bringing the total American strength on Long Island to something less than 6,000 men.
    p. 158.9
  • Greene's illness and consequent absence was without question one of Washington's severest blows.
    p. 194.6
  • While one writer in the New England Chronicle declared, "Providence favored us," another in the Massachusetts Spy assured his readers that the defeat on Long Island and consequent distress were "loud speaking testimonies of the displeasure and anger of Almighty God against a sinful people."
    p. 196.6
  • One of the most seriously ill had recovered, however, and with immediate consequences.
    p. 205.4
  • "It is easy to see whither all this tends, and what will be the probable consequence of such a division," wrote Serle, who as Lord Howe's secretary had been the first to see the letters.
    p. 238.7
  • Its consequences are justly to be dreaded.
    p. 244.5
  • "Our retreat should not be neglected for fear of consequences," advised Nathanael Greene, who had also ridden to Princeton earlier in the day.
    p. 262.2
  • The letter to Trumbull was written December 14, when Washington knew nothing of events of the day before, Friday the 13th—events wholly unexpected and of far-reaching consequences.
    p. 264.7
  • "The storm continued with great violence," Henry Knox wrote, "but was in our backs, and consequently in the faces of the enemy."
    p. 280.3

There are no more uses of "consequence" flagged with this meaning in 1776.

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2  —8 uses as in:
of little consequence
Definition
importance or relevance
  • The reply from Washington, written in Joseph Reed's hand, said, "We have made no discovery of any movement here of any consequence."
    p. 154.9
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • For importantly it was also well understood, and deeply felt, that the historic chamber was again the setting for history, that issues of the utmost consequence, truly the fate of nations, were at stake.
    p. 14.2
  • According to his instructions from Congress, he was to take no action of consequence until advising with his council of war, and thus a meeting was scheduled for the morning of September 11, "to know," he informed his generals, "whether in your judgments, we cannot make a successful attack upon the troops in Boston, by means of boats."
    p. 51.4
  • The friendship of Knox and Greene that had begun in Knox's Boston bookshop continued to grow, as the two officers found themselves increasingly important in the overall command and nearly always in agreement on matters of consequence.
    p. 130.1
  • Such courage and high ideals were of little consequence, of course, the Declaration itself being no more than a declaration without military success against the most formidable force on earth.
    p. 136.7
  • A girl cannot step into the bushes to pluck a rose without running the most imminent risk of being ravished, and they are so little accustomed to these vigorous methods that they don't bear them with the proper resignation, and of consequence we have most entertaining courts-martial every day.
    p. 142.4
  • In his own opinion, however, it was too late in the season for any British movements of consequence, other than a few "excursions" into New Jersey perhaps, to revive the "drooping" spirits of the many Loyalists there.
    p. 235.1
  • Among some of the British command, and some skeptical Americans, what happened at Trenton was seen as only a minor defeat, an aggravating affair, but of no great consequence when compared to such large-scale British victories of 1776 as the Battle of Brooklyn or the taking of Fort Washington.
    p. 290.9

There are no more uses of "consequence" flagged with this meaning in 1776.

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?  —2 uses
exact meaning not specified
  • Probably he also saw something of himself in the large, confident, self-educated young man with the pleasing manners who had lost his father when still a boy and had done so much on his own, and who was so ready to take on a task of such difficulty and potential consequence.
    p. 60.2
  • With perhaps a hundred houses, an Episcopal church, a marketplace, and two or three mills and iron furnaces, it was, in peacetime, a busy but plain little place of no particular consequence, except that it was at the head of navigation on the river and a stop on the King's Highway from New York to Philadelphia.
    p. 278.4

There are no more uses of "consequence" in 1776.

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