consecution

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Etymology[edit]

Middle English consecucioun (attainment), from Latin consecutio (effect, proper sequence, attainment), from past participle of consequor (to follow, result, reach)

Noun[edit]

consecution (plural consecutions)

  1. (archaic) A following, or sequel; actual or logical dependence.
  2. (obsolete) A succession or series of any kind.
    • 1664, Isaac Newton, David Brewster editor, Memoirs of the life, writings and discoveries of Sir Isaac Newton[1], published 1855, page 159:
      there shall be generated such a consecution of colours, whose order, from the thin end towards the thick, shall be yellow, red, purple, blue, green, and these so often repeated
  3. (archaic) sequence
  4. (logic) The relation of consequent to antecedent.

Usage notes[edit]

  • This word is used in logic, linguistics and computing to refer to the relation of a consequent to an antecedent.
  • Its other senses are obsolete. Use of the word today in those senses is generally an error made by non-native speakers: words like "consequence" and "sequence" are more likely to be understood.

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