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1. Following as an effect, result, or conclusion; consequent.
2. Having important consequences; significant: "The year's only really consequential legislation was the reform of Social Security" (New York Times).
a. Important; influential: a consequential figure in the academic community.
b. Pompous; self-important: "He's a proud, haughty, consequential, turned-up-nosed peacock" (Charles Dickens).
con′se·quen′ti·al′i·ty (-shē-ăl′ĭ-tē), con′se·quen′tial·ness n.
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