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1. Having no importance or significance.
2. Inconsistent or illogical: inconsequent reasoning.
3. Proceeding without a natural or logical sequence; haphazard: a speech full of inconsequent statements.

[Late Latin incōnsequēns, incōnsequent- : Latin in-, not; see in-1 + Latin cōnsequēns, consequent; see consequent.]

in·con′se·quence n.
in·con′se·quent·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.inconsequence - having no important effects or influence
insignificance - the quality of having little or no significance
consequence, moment, import - having important effects or influence; "decisions of great consequence are made by the president himself"; "virtue is of more moment than security"; "that result is of no consequence"
2.inconsequence - invalid or incorrect reasoning
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
invalidity, invalidness - illogicality as a consequence of having a conclusion that does not follow from the premisses




n (in logic) → Inkonsequenz f, → Unlogik f; (irrelevance) → Belanglosigkeit f
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Then without a pause, with peculiar inconsequence, she said: "Where's that young fellow that used to come with you?
Grose looked round once more; she fixed her eyes on the duskier distance, then, pulling herself together, turned to me with abrupt inconsequence.
Losing ground we propose Journals thick with the room's Inconsequence.
Lest this distinction read like a hair-splitting observation of breathtaking inconsequence, let me add quickly that I am not referring here to such fundamental features as transposition and note-reduction, where John Steele's decision to retain the original notation will enjoy wide acclaim.
But the fact that passion occurred in passing, that it then declined into a more familiar sense of indifference, should not be regarded as proof of its inconsequence.
However, it is the mundane that enters time and again in this story, interrupting the flow of the narrative with details of seeming inconsequence.
Given that Hatton is as close to a genuine boxing superstar this country has had for a generation, the reaction of a few cynics may seem an inconsequence.
The blahs are an easy trap with Foote; his dialogue captures the banality and indirection of so much conversation--from small talk among strangers to the thoughtless chatter of well-worn loved ones--with such unforced acuity that it flirts with inconsequence.
I can't say whether Dorn thought that a kind of political correctness had "dismissed" him or his later work, but the effort to acknowledge and to push against poetic inconsequence surely explains a lot of his late poetry.
It may be argued against my reading of the importance of Lydia's affiliation with values attached to the classical body that her apparent inconsequence in the novel suggests Smollett's resistance to the force of the kind of convention so well exemplified by, as I pointed out earlier, Fielding's use of a character like Fanny Goodwill.
This close inspection contradicts the implicit point: Jackson's strangeness, inconsequence and--in the United States--his "unpopularity.
Instead, the pattern of his life was descendant -- through paternal alienation, marital tyranny, paternal frigidity, martial pretension, political obtuseness, diplomatic maladroitness, and finally political inconsequence .