consequence
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈkɒnsɪkwɛns/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈkɑnsɪkwɛns/, /ˈkɑnsɪkwəns/
Noun

consequence (plural consequences)

  1. That which follows something on which it depends; that which is produced by a cause.
    • 1992, Rudolf M[athias] Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, New York, N.Y.: Columbia University Press, →ISBN, page 7:
      The lobule margins, furthermore, are arched away from the lobe, with the consequence that (when fully inflated) the abaxial leaf surface forms the interior lining of the lobule.
  2. A result of actions, especially if such a result is unwanted or unpleasant.
    I'm warning you. If you don't get me the report on time, there will be consequences.
  3. A proposition collected from the agreement of other previous propositions; any conclusion which results from reason or argument; inference.
  4. Chain of causes and effects; consecution.
  5. Importance with respect to what comes after.
  6. The power to influence or produce an effect.
  7. (especially when preceded by "of") Importance, value, or influence.
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consequence (consequences, present participle consequencing; past and past participle consequenced)

  1. (transitive) To threaten or punish (a child, etc.) with specific consequences for misbehaviour.
    • 1998, Terry M. Levy, Michael Orlans, Attachment, trauma, and healing
      The goal of consequencing is to teach the child a lesson that leads to positive choices and behaviors. The goal of punishment is to inflict pain and seek revenge. Angry parenting is punitive and ineffectual.



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