consequent, consequential
1. Consequent is used either attributively or with on or upon and means ‘resulting, following in time’, with an element of causation that is not present in the purely temporal word subsequent:

• He does not mention the decline in…control consequent upon self-employment —Times, 1973

• Australian ratings terms have been revised to incorporate the introduction of colour TV and consequent multi-set use in many homes —TV Times (Brisbane), 1977.

2. Consequential has two principal meanings: (1) ‘of the nature of a consequence or sequel’

• (All identity systems carry consequential dangers as well as potential benefits —weblog, 2003 [OEC]

and (2, despite Fowler's objections) ‘of consequence, significant’. In this second meaning, consequential belongs more naturally in predicative position (after a verb or after one implied):

• Time passes, none of it consequential —weblog, BrE 2003 [OEC]

it is less convincing in attributive position (before a noun), although this occurs, especially in AmE:

• opening a crucial phase of what the distinguished writer Elizabeth Drew this week rightly called America's ‘most consequential election in decades’ —Guardian, 2004.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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