If you go snowboarding in a leotard, prepare for an ensuing cold. Ensuing means “coming right after, or as a result of something that happened.”

Ensuing is the adjective form of the verb ensue, which comes from the Old French ensuivre, which means “following in.” We usually use it to show cause and effect. Blame your entrepreneurial friend who takes bets in the lunchroom for the ensuing crackdown on employee gambling. An ensuing event happens right after its cause. If a dog bites you when you’re eight, and twenty years later you start having nightmares about dog bites, those aren’t ensuing nightmares. They’re surfacing memories.

Definitions of ensuing
  1. adjective

    following immediately and as a result of what went before

    ensuing events confirmed the prediction”


    coming after or following

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