The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Consequence \Con"se*quence\, n. [L., consequentia: cf. F.
cons['e]quence. See Consequent.]
1. That which follows something on which it depends; that
which is produced by a cause; a result.
Shun to taste,
And shun the bitter consequence. --Milton.
2. (Logic) A proposition collected from the agreement of
other previous propositions; any conclusion which results
from reason or argument; inference.
3. Chain of causes and effects; consecution.
Such fatal consequence unites us three. --Milton.
Link follows link by necessary consequence.
4. Importance with respect to what comes after; power to
influence or produce an effect; value; moment; rank;
It is a matter of small consequence. --Shak.
A sense of your own worth and consequence. --Cowper.
In consequence, hence; for this cause.
In consequence of, by reason of; as the effect of.
Syn: Effect; result; end. See Effect.