con·se·quence (kŏnsĭ-kwĕns′, -kwəns)
a. Something that logically or naturally follows from an action or condition. See Synonyms at effect.
b. A punishment or negative repercussion: "Sometimes a cousin's first child was born six months after the wedding; aside from a moment's tsk-tsk, there were no consequences" (Donald Hall).
2. A logical conclusion or inference.
3. Importance in rank or position: scientists of consequence.
4. Significance; importance: an issue of consequence. See Synonyms at importance.
As a result; consequently.
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