Meaning of “consequence” in the English Dictionary

"consequence" in British English

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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.

(Definition of “consequence” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)