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Consequence, 1) that which follows, either in effect, or in time, or in attendance; a) in effect: “the c. is then thy jealous fits have scared thy husband from the use of wits,” Err. V, 85. Merch. III, 2, 107. Rom. I, 4, 107. Caes. I, 3, 124. Mcb. I, 7, 3. -- b) in time: “a dire induction am I witness to, and will to France, hoping the c. will prove as bitter,” R3 IV, 4, 6. “he closes with you in this c.: Good sir, or so,” Hml. II, 1, 45. Hml. II, 1, 45 54 (== in thus following up your remark). “if c. do but approve my dream, my boat sails freely,” Oth. II, 3, 64. -- c) in attendance: “when it falls, each small annexment, petty c., attends the boisterous ruin,” Hml. III, 3, 21.
2) that which must follow or come to pass in the course of things; the result of time, a necessary and inevitable event: “ever your fresh whore and your powdered bawd: an unshunned c.; it must be so,” Meas. III, 2, 63. “but Edward lives. True, noble prince. O bitter c., that Edward still should live,” R3 IV, 2, 15.*“the spirits that know all mortal --s have pronounced me thus,” Mcb. V, 3, 5.
3) succession: “you are curbed from that enlargement by the c. o' the crown,” Cymb. II, 3, 126 (perhaps belonging to l c, and meaning: by the considerations attending the crown).
4) influence, importance: “in matter of heavy c.” All's II, 5, 49. R2 V, 2, 61. H5 II, 4, 146. H8 II, 4, 214 (c. of dread == dreadful importance). “win us with honest trifles, to betray us in deepest c.” Mcb. I, 3, 126.
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