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"consequence" in British English

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consequencenoun [C]

uk   /ˈkɒn.sɪ.kwəns/  us   /ˈkɑːn.sə.kwəns/
B2 a ​result of a ​particularaction or ​situation, often one that is ​bad or not ​convenient: Not making a will can have serious consequences for ​yourchildren and other ​familymembers. Scientists ​think it is ​unlikely that any ​species will ​actuallybecomeextinct as a consequence of the ​oilspill. 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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consequencenoun

 us   /ˈkɑn·sɪ·kwəns, -ˌkwens/
  • consequence noun (RESULT)

[C usually pl] a ​result of an ​action or ​situation, esp. (in the ​plural) a ​badresult: For someone who is ​old and ​weak, the consequences of a ​brokenhip can be ​serious.
  • consequence noun (IMPORTANCE)

[U] the ​condition of having a ​lastingeffect; ​importance: Last ​summer there were 15 ​hurricanes, but only one was of any consequence.
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