Con"se*quence (?), n. [L., consequentia: cf. F. cons'equence. See Consequent.]

1.

That which follows something on which it depends; that which is produced by a cause; a result.

Shun to taste, And shun the bitter consequence. Milton.

2. Logic

A proposition collected from the agreement of other previous propositions; any conclusion which results from reason or argument; inference.

3.

Chain of causes and effects; consecution.

Such fatal consequence unites us three. Milton.

Link follows link by necessary consequence. Coleridge.

4.

Importance with respect to what comes after; power to influence or produce an effect; value; moment; rank; distinction.

It is a matter of small consequence. Shak.

A sense of your own worth and consequence. Cowper.

In consequence, hence; for this cause. -- In consequence of, by reason of; as the effect of.

Syn. -- Effect; result; end. See Effect.

 

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