consequence Definition

  • 1a result or effect of an action or condition
  • 2importance or relevance

Using consequence: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "consequence" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The consequence of his actions was losing his job.

  • Example

    The decision will have serious consequences for the company.

  • Example

    She failed to consider the consequences of her actions.

  • Example

    The consequences of climate change are dire.

consequence Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for consequence

Idioms Using consequence

  • suffer the consequences

    experience the negative effects of one's actions


    If you break the rules, you must be prepared to suffer the consequences.

  • take the consequences

    accept responsibility for the results of one's actions


    He knew he had made a mistake and was willing to take the consequences.

  • shake out the consequences

    to determine the full extent of the effects of an action or decision


    It will take some time to shake out the consequences of the new policy.

Phrases with consequence

  • face the consequences

    accept and deal with the results of one's actions


    He knew he had to face the consequences of his mistake.

  • as a result of something


    She missed the train and in consequence arrived late for the meeting.

  • unimportant or insignificant


    His opinion is of no consequence to me.

Origins of consequence

from Latin 'consequentia', meaning 'result'


Summary: consequence in Brief

The term 'consequence' [ˈkɒnsɪkwəns] refers to the result or effect of an action or condition, as well as its importance or relevance. It can range from personal decisions to global issues, such as 'The consequences of climate change are dire.' Phrases like 'face the consequences' and idioms like 'suffer the consequences' emphasize the need to accept responsibility for one's actions. 'Consequence' is often used in formal contexts, but also appears informally as 'outcome' or 'payoff.'

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