Meaning of “consequence” in the English Dictionary

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consequencenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkɒn.sɪ.kwəns/ us /ˈkɑːn.sə.kwəns/

B2 a result of a particular action or situation, often one that is bad or not convenient:

Not making a will can have serious consequences for your children and other family members.
Scientists think it is unlikely that any species will actually become extinct as a consequence of the oil spill.
I told the hairdresser to do what she wanted to my hair, and look at the consequences!
Well, if you insist on eating so much, you'll have to suffer/take (= accept and deal with) the consequences!
of little/no consequence C1 also not of any/much consequence

not important:

The money was of little consequence to Tony.

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(Definition of “consequence” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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us /ˈkɑn·sɪ·kwəns, -ˌkwens/

consequence noun (RESULT)

[ C usually pl ] a result of an action or situation, esp. (in the plural) a bad result:

For someone who is old and weak, the consequences of a broken hip can be serious.

consequence noun (IMPORTANCE)

[ U ] the condition of having a lasting effect; importance:

Last summer there were 15 hurricanes, but only one was of any consequence.

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Where the steam locomotive could still travel over the border, as a consequence of a change in mains voltage henceforth the locomotive had to be changed.
The consequence of all this is a reassessment of development policies in response to the globalisation of economic and financial markets.
The consequence is that evidence indicating the importance of our having a working market economy is very important and must not be allowed to be disregarded.
The result of this absurd game is not zero, but rather a minus number, as a consequence of the material, financial and human resources thrown away in a pointless enterprise.
In many cases, this is a consequence of the application of fundamentalist laws or the carrying-out of ancestral practices and traditions.
The consequence of this is that we need some sort of labelling, a sort of passport, if effective controls are to be possible at all.
The direct consequence of this inadequate coordination is that frontier workers are often at a disadvantage in terms of welfare benefits, unemployment, pension provision and health care.
The present unacceptable situation is a clear consequence of mission creep and political indecision and provides a clear lesson for the future.
We cannot rejoice at so-called taboos collapsing, and then lament crimes which are merely the consequence of the disappearance of rules that are natural to all social life.
We are including this region because we fear and predict that humanitarian aid requirements will increase as a foreseeable, indirect consequence of the said events.