Learner's definition of CONSEQUENCE
1 [count] : something that happens as a result of a particular action or set of conditions
The slightest error can have serious consequences.
What were the economic consequences of the war?
The decrease in sales was a consequence of some bad publicity about the company.
Some say many jobs will be lost as a consequence of the trade agreement.
He weighed/considered the consequences of making a career change.
◊ If you face/suffer the consequences of something, you deal with the results of something that you have done.
When he made the decision to leave, he knew he would have to face the consequences.
She suffered the consequences of her error.
2 [noncount], formal : importance or value
He was a man of consequence. [=he was an important man]
The outcome of the election will be of little consequence (to me). [=will not matter much to me]
The style you choose is of no consequence.
“What happened?” “Nothing of (any/great) consequence.”
in consequenceformaloras a consequence
: as a result of something
She made some risky investments and in consequence [=consequently] lost a lot of money. = She lost a lot of money in consequence of some risky investments.
Hundreds of people became sick as a consequence [=as a result] of the poor sanitary conditions.