late 14c., in various senses now restricted to consequence, from Middle French conséquent "following, resulting," from Latin consequentem (nominative consequens), present participle of consequi "to follow after," from com- "with" (see com-) + sequi "to follow" (from PIE root *sekw- (1) "to follow"). Noun meaning "an event which follows another" is from 1610s, from a more precise sense in logic (late 14c.; see antecedent). Mathematical sense is from 1560s. Related: Consequently.
conservation of energy
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