consequence

Things in a sequence come one after another, as in a number sequence of 1, 2, 3, 4. A consequence comes after, or as a result of something you do, for example, "He was given a traffic ticket as a consequence of running the red light."

A consequence is a "result" or "conclusion," and the Latin sequī, "to follow," is part of its history. Most actions and acts of nature have a consequence that follows as a result. When people do something wrong, like rob a bank, the consequence will probably be prison time. If an organization works for good and finds a cure for cancer, on the other hand, people will get better as a consequence. When something occurs in nature, like a tornado touching down, destruction might be the consequence.

Definitions of consequence
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n a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon

“his decision had depressing consequences for business”
Synonyms:
effect, event, issue, outcome, result, upshot
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materialisation, materialization, offspring
something that comes into existence as a result
aftereffect
any result that follows its cause after an interval
aftermath, backwash, wake
the consequences of an event (especially a catastrophic event)
bandwagon effect
the phenomenon of a popular trend attracting even greater popularity
brisance
the shattering or crushing effect of a sudden release of energy as in an explosion
butterfly effect
the phenomenon whereby a small change at one place in a complex system can have large effects elsewhere, e.g., a butterfly flapping its wings in Rio de Janeiro might change the weather in Chicago
by-product, byproduct
a secondary and sometimes unexpected consequence
change
the result of alteration or modification
coattails effect
(politics) the consequence of one popular candidate in an election drawing votes for other members of the same political party
Coriolis effect
(physics) an effect whereby a body moving in a rotating frame of reference experiences the Coriolis force acting perpendicular to the direction of motion and to the axis of rotation; on Earth the Coriolis effect deflects moving bodies to the right in the northern hemisphere and to the left in the southern hemisphere
dent
an appreciable consequence (especially a lessening)
domino effect
the consequence of one event setting off a chain of similar events (like a falling domino causing a whole row of upended dominos to fall)
harvest
the consequence of an effort or activity
impact, wallop
a forceful consequence; a strong effect
influence
the effect of one thing (or person) on another
knock-on effect
a secondary or incidental effect
branch, offset, offshoot, outgrowth
a natural consequence of development
product
a consequence of someone's efforts or of a particular set of circumstances
placebo effect
any effect that seems to be a consequence of administering a placebo; the change is usually beneficial and is assumed result from the person's faith in the treatment or preconceptions about what the experimental drug was supposed to do; pharmacologists were the first to talk about placebo effects but now the idea has been generalized to many situations having nothing to do with drugs
position effect
(genetics) the effect on the expression of a gene that is produced by changing its location in a chromosome
repercussion, reverberation
a remote or indirect consequence of some action
response
a result
fallout, side effect
any adverse and unwanted secondary effect
spillover
(economics) any indirect effect of public expenditure
perturbation
(physics) a secondary influence on a system that causes it to deviate slightly
purchase
a means of exerting influence or gaining advantage
wind
a tendency or force that influences events
reaction
a response that reveals a person's feelings or attitude
epiphenomenon
a secondary phenomenon that is a by-product of another phenomenon
depolarisation, depolarization
a loss of polarity or polarization
Type of:
phenomenon
any state or process known through the senses rather than by intuition or reasoning

n the outcome of an event especially as relative to an individual

Synonyms:
aftermath
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corollary
a practical consequence that follows naturally
comeupance, comeuppance, deserts
an outcome (good or bad) that is well deserved
fruit
the consequence of some effort or action
sequella
a secondary consequence
train
a series of consequences wrought by an event
payoff, reward, wages
a recompense for worthy acts or retribution for wrongdoing
Type of:
final result, outcome, result, resultant, termination
something that results

n having important effects or influence

“decisions of great consequence are made by the president himself”
“that result is of no consequence
Synonyms:
import, moment
Antonyms:
inconsequence
having no important effects or influence
Types:
matter
(used with negation) having consequence
hell to pay
dire consequences
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significance
the quality of being significant

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