1. Something that follows as a continuation, especially a literary, dramatic, or cinematic work whose narrative continues that of a preexisting work.
2. A result or consequence: "Our dreams are the sequel of our waking knowledge" (Ralph Waldo Emerson).
[Middle English sequele, from Old French sequelle, from Latin sequēla, from sequī, to follow; see sekw-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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