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consequence

noun
     
con‧se‧quence S3 W2
1 [countable] something that happens as a result of a particular action or set of conditions
consequence of
Many believe that poverty is a direct consequence of overpopulation.
consequence for
Our findings have far-reaching consequences for researchers.
dire/disastrous/serious etc consequences
Errors in forecasting can have dire consequences.
with ... consequences
He ate some poisonous mushrooms, with fatal consequences.
take/suffer/face the consequences (of something) (=accept the bad results of something you have done)
He broke the law, and now he must face the consequences of his actions.
2

as a consequence (of something)/in consequence (of something)

formal as a result of something:
Animals have died as a consequence of coming into contact with this chemical.
She was over the age limit and, in consequence, her application was rejected.
3

of little/no/any etc consequence

formal not very important or valuable
of little/no/any etc consequence to
Your opinion is of little consequence to me.
I don't suppose it is of any consequence now.

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