adjective Date: 1626 1. of the nature of a secondary result ; indirect 2. consequent 3. having significant consequences ; important <
a grave and consequential event
4. self-importantconsequentiality nounconsequentially adverbconsequentialness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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