A consequent is the second half of a hypothetical proposition. In the standard form of such a proposition, it is the part that follows "then". In an implication, if implies then is called the antecedent and is called the consequent.


  • If P, then Q.

Q is the consequent of this hypothetical proposition.

  • If X is a mammal, then X is an animal.

Here, "X is an animal" is the consequent.

  • If computers can think, then they are alive.

"They are alive" is the consequent.

The consequent in a hypothetical proposition is not necessarily a consequence of the antecedent.

  • If monkeys are purple, then fish speak Klingon.

"Fish speak Klingon" is the consequent here, but intuitively is not a consequence of (nor does it have anything to do with) the claim made in the antecedent that "monkeys are purple".

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Consequentially - Consequent
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Connexive Logic - Connecting Antecedent To Consequent
... definition of conditionals is that there is no requirement that the consequent actually follow from the antecedent ... So long as the antecedent is false or the consequent true, the conditional is considered to be true whether there is any relation between the antecedent and the consequent or not ... relation between the antecedent and the consequent ...
Lift (data Mining) - Example
... Assume the data set being mined is Antecedent Consequent A 0 A 0 A 1 A 0 B 1 B 0 B 1 where the antecedent is the input variable that we can control, and the consequent is the variable we are trying to predict ... mining problems would typically have more complex antecedents, but usually focus on single-value consequents ... dataset in which the antecedent is A and the consequent 0 ...
Parish And Community Meetings (Polls) Rules 1987
... lays down the rules on polls held as a consequence of parish and community meetings (consequent polls) ... earlier SIs on the subject with the saving that consequent polls demanded before the rules came into were not covered by them ... that the chairman of any meeting where a consequent poll needs to be taken must inform the local district council of the fact that the consequent poll must be taken ...

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