consequence (

     n 1: a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous
          phenomenon; "the magnetic effect was greater when the
          rod was lengthwise"; "his decision had depressing
          consequences for business"; "he acted very wise after
          the event" [syn: effect, outcome, result, event,
           issue, upshot]
     2: the outcome of an event especially as relative to an
        individual; "that result is of no consequence" [syn: aftermath]
     3: having important effects or influence; "decisions of great
        consequence are made by the president himself"; "virtue is
        of more moment that security" [syn: import, moment]
        [ant: inconsequence]