THEMES, TOPICS, ISSUES
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Consequence n. 1. something that is the effect or result of an earlier occurence. 2. the conclusion reached by a line of reasoning; inference. 3. importance or significance; a matter of no consequence. 4. importance in rank or position; distinction: a man of consequence. 5. in consequence, consequently; as a result; hence. [Late ME < L consequentia. See consequent, -ENCE]
-Syn. 1. outcome, upshot, sequel. See effect. 3. see importance. -Ant. 1. cause.
Consequent adj . 1. following as an effect or result; resulting [often fol. by on, upon, or to]: a rise in production cost and a consequent fall in price; a fall in price consequent to a rise in production. 2. following as a logical conclusion. -n. 3. anything that follows upon something else. 4. Logic. the second member of a conditional proposition, as "he was a great general" in "If Caesar conquered Gaul , he was a great general." 5. Math. the second term of a ratio . [< L consequent- (s. of conseuéns, prp. of consequí to follow closely)]
[Urdang, Laurence, ed. Random House Dictionary of The English Language. New York: Random House, 1968.]