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Definition of "consequential" []

  • Following as an effect, result, or conclusion; consequent. (adjective)
  • Having important consequences; significant: "The year's only really consequential legislation was the reform of Social Security” ( New York Times). (adjective)
  • Important; influential: a consequential figure in the academic community. (adjective)
  • Pompous; self-important. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "consequential" in a sentence
  • "The most consequential is Wisconsin, where a handful of new polls now show incumbent Senator Russ Feingold trailing Republican challenger Ron Johnson."
  • "Many of these battles were over matters that were complex and technical but hugely consequential, that is, precisely the kind of fights in which lobbyists and interest groups excel."
  • "Where to draw the line and how to draw the line is quite problematic and consequential, which is perhaps why only legislatures instead of courts should handle re-defining "family.""