consequence noun

ADJ. full | far-reaching, important, profound | adverse, bad, catastrophic, damaging, dangerous, devastating, dire, disastrous, fatal, harmful, negative, serious, severe, terrible, tragic, unfortunate, unpleasant | beneficial, good, positive | major, main | direct, immediate | indirect | inevitable, necessary | likely, possible, potential | logical, natural | long-term, short-term | unintended | ecological, economic, electoral, environmental, financial, legal, physical, political, social to face up to the physical consequences of ageing

VERB + CONSEQUENCE have, lead to The practice had far-reaching environmental consequences. | accept, bear, face (up to), suffer, take You must accept the full consequences of your behaviour.

CONSEQUENCE + VERB arise, ensue, follow the important electoral consequences that will follow from this decision

PREP. as a ~ Hundreds of people lost their jobs as a direct consequence of the merger. | in ~ (of) (formal) The child was born deformed in consequence of an injury to its mother. | ~ for This could have serious consequences for the economy.