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Borrowed from Middle French subséquent,[1] from Latin subsequentis, form of subsequēns, present participle of subsequor (I follow, I succeed).


  • IPA(key): /ˈsʌbsɪkwənt/, /ˈsʌbsəkwənt/
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subsequent (not comparable)

  1. Following in time; coming or being after something else at any time, indefinitely.
    Growth was dampened by a softening of the global economy in 2001, but picked up in the subsequent years due to strong growth in China.
    • 2018 July 31, Julia Carrie Wong, “What is QAnon? Explaining the bizarre rightwing conspiracy theory”, in The Guardian[1]:
      In a thread called “Calm Before the Storm”, and in subsequent posts, Q established his legend as a government insider with top security clearance who knew the truth about a secret struggle for power involving Donald Trump, the “deep state”, Robert Mueller, the Clintons, pedophile rings, and other stuff.
  2. Following in order of place; succeeding.
  3. (geology, of a stream or faultline) Following a line in the earth that is more easily eroded.
    • 1895, William Morris Davis, “The Development of Certain English Rivers”, in The Geographical Journal, page 131:
      The peculiar position of the subsequent Derwent, close to the sea, suggests some glacial interference with normal adjustments, and calls for special explanation.



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subsequent (plural subsequents)

  1. (geology) A subsequent stream or faultline.
    • 1899, Sydney Savory Buckman, “The Development of Rivers”, in Natural Science, page 285:
      When the Middle Wye was turned into the Severn system it still continued the northward subsequent, which of course may have been initiated as a tributary when the Middle Wye belonged to the Thames system.


  1. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2024), “subsequent”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.