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From Old French sequent, from Latin sequentem, present participle of sequi (to follow).



sequent (comparative more sequent, superlative most sequent)

  1. (obsolete) That comes after in time or order; subsequent.
    • 1860, James Thomson (B.V.), Two Sonnets:
      Why are your songs all wild and bitter sad
      As funeral dirges with the orphans' cries?
      Each night since first the world was made hath had
      A sequent day to laugh it down the skies.
  2. (now rare) That follows on as a result, conclusion etc.; consequent to, on, upon.
    • c. 1604, William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure:
      But let my Triall, be mine owne Confession: / Immediate sentence then, and sequent death, / Is all the grace I beg.
    • 1897, Henry James, What Maisie Knew:
      Maisie found herself clutched to her mother's breast and passionately sobbed and shrieked over, made the subject of a demonstration evidently sequent to some sharp passage just enacted.
  3. Recurring in succession or as a series; successive, consecutive.
    • c. 1603, William Shakespeare, Othello, I.2:
      The Gallies Haue sent a dozen sequent Messengers / This very night, at one anothers heeles: / And many of the Consuls, rais'd and met, / Are at the Dukes already.



sequent (plural sequents)

  1. Something that follows in a given sequence.
    • 1946, Bertrand Russell, History of Western Philosophy, I.30:
      The One is somewhat shadowy. It is sometimes called God, sometimes the Good; it transcends Being, which is the first sequent upon the One.
  2. (logic) An element of a sequence, usually a sequence in which every entry is an axiom or can be inferred from previous elements.
  3. (obsolete) A follower.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)


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