In my previous post, Agency and Character Development, I briefly mentioned the importance of consequences. It is a word with many uses and connotations.
Let’s look at both the meanings and synonyms for the word consequences.
consequences (plural noun)
 The result or effect of an action or condition.
“Many programmers were laid off from work as a consequence of the failing economy.”
Result, upshot, outcome, sequel, effect, reaction, repercussion, reverberations, ramification, end, end result, conclusion, termination, culmination.
 Importance or relevance.
“That’s of no consequence.”
Importance, import, significance, account, moment, momentousness, substance, note, mark, prominence, value, weightiness, weight, concern, interest, gravity, seriousness.
 Social distinction. (Slightly dated usage. Its synonyms are more commonly used.)
“Adelaide Brown was a woman of consequence.”
Fame, distinction, eminence, preeminence, prominence, repute, reputation, prestige, acclaim, celebrity, note, notability, mark, standing, stature, account, glory, illustriousness.
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