/'kɒnsɪkwəns; [US] -kwens; `kɑnsə,kwɛns/
1 [C usu pl 通常作复数] thing that is a result or an effect of sth else 结果; 後果; 影响
*Her investment had disastrous consequences
*she lost everything she owned. 她的投资结果很惨, 血本无归.
* be ready to take/suffer/bear the consequences of one's actions, ie accept the bad things which happen as a result 准备承担自己行动的後果
* recent developments which could have far-reaching consequences for the country's economy 最近的事态变化, 能够对国家的经济产生深远影响.
2 [U] (fml 文) importance 重要性
*It is of no consequence. 这无关紧要.
* He may be a man of consequence (ie an important man or man of high rank) in his own country, but he's nobody here. 他在自己的国家中尽管举足轻重, 但在此地却毫不显眼.
3 (idm 习语) in consequence (of sth) (infml 口) as a result (of sth) 由于（某事物）的缘故; 因而
*She was found guilty, and lost her job in consequence (of it). 她被判有罪, 因而失去了工作.
something that happens as a result of a particular action or set of conditions
Many believe that poverty is a direct consequence of overpopulation.
Our findings have far-reaching consequences for researchers.
dire/disastrous/serious etc consequences
Errors in forecasting can have dire consequences.
with ... consequences
He ate some poisonous mushrooms, with fatal consequences.
take/suffer/face the consequences (of sth)
(=accept the bad results of something you have done)
He broke the law, and now he must face the consequences of his actions.
as a consequence (of sth)/in consequence (of sth)
formal as a result of something
Animals have died as a consequence of coming into contact with this chemical.
She was over the age limit and, in consequence, her application was rejected.
of little/no/any etc consequence
formal not very important or valuable
of little/no/any etc consequence to
Your opinion is of little consequence to me.
I don't suppose it is of any consequence now.