consequent adj : following as an effect or result; "the period of tension and consequent need for military preparedness"; "the ensuant response to his appeal"; "the resultant savings were considerable"; "the health of the plants and the resulting flowers" [syn: ensuant, resultant, resulting(a), sequent]
- Webster 1913
A consequent is the second half of a hypothetical proposition. In the standard form of such a proposition, it is the part that follows "then".
- If P, then Q.
Q is the consequent of this hypothetical proposition.
- If X is a mammal, then X is an animal.
Here, "X is an animal" is the consequent.
- If computers can think, then they are alive.
"They are alive" is the consequent.
The consequent in a hypothetical proposition is not necessarily a consequence of the antecedent.
- If monkeys are purple, then fish speak Klingon.
"Fish speak Klingon" is the consequent here, but clearly is not a consequence of (nor has anything to do with) the claim made in the antecedent that "monkeys are purple".
consequent in Dutch: Gevolg
consequent in Chinese: 后件