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That which follows; consequence; deduction from premises; corollary. – Woodward.

CON-SE-CU'TION, n. [L. consecutio, from consequor, to follow; con and sequor, to follow. See Seek.]

  1. A following or sequel; train of consequences from premises; series of deductions. Hale.
  2. Succession; series of things that follow each other; as, a consecution of colors. – Newton.
  3. In astronomy, consecution month is the space between one conjunction of the moon with the sun and another. – Bailey.

CON-SEC'U-TIVE, a. [It. consecutivo; Fr. consecutif. See Consecution.]

  1. Following in a train; succeeding one another in a regular order; successive; uninterrupted in course or succession; as, fifty consecutive years. – Arbuthnot.
  2. Following; consequential; succeeding; as, the actions of men consecutive to volition. – Locke.
  3. Consecutive chords, in music, imply a succession or repetition of the same consonance in similar motion. – Encyc.


By way of consequence or succession, in opposition to antecedently or casually. – Dict.


State of being consecutive.

CON-SE-NES'CENCE, or CON-SE-NES'CEN-CY, n. [L. consenesco, to grow old.]

A growing old; decay from age; as, the consenescence of the world. – Ray.

CON-SEN'SION, n. [L. consensio. See Consent.]

Agreement; accord. [Little used.] – Bentley.

CON-SENT', n. [L. consensus; It. consenso; Fr. consentement; consentimiento; from L. consentio, to be of one mind, to agree; con and sentio, to think, feel, or perceive; Sp. consentir; Port. Fr. id.; It. consentire. See Sense and Assent.]

  1. Agreement of the mind to what is proposed or stated by another; accord; hence, a yielding of the mind or will to that which is proposed; as, a parent gives his consent to the marriage of his daughter. We generally use this word in cases where power, rights, and claims are concerned. We give consent, when we yield that which we have a right to withhold; but we do not give consent to a mere opinion, or abstract proposition. In this case, we give our assent. But assent is also used in conceding what we may withhold. We give our assent to the marriage of a daughter. Consequently, assent has a more extensive application than consent. But the distinction is not always observed. Consent often amounts to permission. Defraud ye not one another, except with consent for a time. – 1 Cor. vii.
  2. Accord of minds; agreement; unity of opinion. All with one consent began to make excuse. – Luke xiv. The company of priests murder by consent. – Hos. vi.
  3. Agreement; coherence; correspondence in parts, qualities, or operation. Such is the world's great harmony that springs / From union, order, full consent of things. – Pope.
  4. In the animal economy, an agreement, or sympathy, by which one affected part of the system affects some distant part. This consent is supposed to exist in, or be produced by the nerves; and the affections to be communicated from one part to another by means of their ramifications and distributions through the body. Thus, the stone in the bladder, by vellicating the fibers, will produce spasms and colic in the bowels; a shameful thing seen or heard will produce blushing in the cheeks. – Quincy. Encyc. But many facts indicate that other causes than nervous communication produce sympathy.

CON-SENT', v.i. [L. consentio. See the Noun.]

  1. Literally, to think with another. Hence, to agree or accord. More generally, to agree in mind and will; to yield to what one has the power, the right, or the disposition to withhold, or refuse to grant. If sinners entice thee, consent thou not. – Prov. i. And Saul was consenting to Stephen's death. – Acts viii. Only let us consent to them, and they will dwell with us. – Gen. xxxiv.
  2. To agree. When thou sawest a thief, thou consentedst with him. – Ps. l.
  3. To assent. I consent to the law that it is good. – Rom. vii. 1 Tim. vi.


Mutual agreement.

CON-SENT-A'NE-OUS, a. [L. consentaneus. See Consent.]

Agreeable; accordant; consistent with; suitable. The practice of virtue is not consentaneous to the unrenewed heart. Anon.


Agreeably; consistently; suitably.


Agreement; accordance; consistency. – Dict.


One who consents.

CON-SEN'TIENT, a. [L. consentiens, consentio.]

Agreeing in mind; accordant in opinion. The authority due to the consentient judgment of the church. Pearson.

CON'SE-QUENCE, n. [L. consequentia, from consequor; con and sequor, to follow. See Seek.]

  1. That which follows from any act, cause, principle, or series of actions. Hence, an event or effect produced by some preceding act or cause. Shun the bitter consequence; for know, / The day thou eatest thereof, thou shalt die. – Milton. The consequences of intemperance are disgrace, poverty, disease, and premature death.
  2. In logic, a proposition collected from the agreement of other previous propositions; the conclusion which results from reason or argument; inference; deduction. Every rational being is accountable to his Maker; man is a rational being; the consequence then must be, that man is accountable to his Maker. From this train of argument, the consequence is obvious.
  3. Connection of cause and effect; consecution. I felt / That I must after thee, with this my son; / Such fatal consequence unites us three. – Milton.
  4. Influence; tendency, as to effects. The sense of consequence, in this use, is modified by the words connected with it; as, “it is of little consequence,” that is, of little importance, small effects will follow; “it is of no consequence,” of no moment, no effect of importance will follow; “it is of great consequence,” of great importance, great effects will follow.
  5. Importance; extensive influence; distinction; as, a man of great consequence in society. In consequence, by means of; as the effect of.

CON'SE-QUENT, a. [L. consequens.]

  1. Following as the natural effect; with to or on. The right was consequent to, and built on, an act perfectly personal. – Locke. His poverty was consequent on his vices.
  2. Following by necessary inference or rational deduction; as, a proposition consequent to other propositions.


  1. Effect; that which follows a cause. They were ill governed, which is always a consequent of ill payment. – Davies.
  2. That which follows from propositions by rational deduction; that which is deduced from reasoning or argumentation; a conclusion or inference.


  1. Following as the effect; produced by the connection of effects with causes; as, a consequential evil.
  2. Having the consequence justly connected with the premises; conclusive. These arguments are highly consequential and concludent to my purpose. – Hale.
  3. Important.
  4. Conceited; pompous; applied to persons.


  1. With just deduction of consequences; with right connection of ideas. – Addison.
  2. By consequence; not immediately; eventually. – South.
  3. In a regular series; in the order of cause and effect. – Addison.
  4. With assumed importance; with conceit. Campbell.


Regular consecution in discourse. – Dict.


By consequence; by necessary connection of effects with their causes; in consequence of something.


Regular connection of propositions, following each other; consecution of discourse. [Little used.] – Digby.

CON-SER'TION, n. [L. consero, consertum.]

Junction; adaptation. – Young.

CON-SERV'A-BLE, a. [See Conserve.]

That may be kept or preserved from decay or injury.