What does the word consequence mean?

Usage examples for consequence

  1. " As to the form of the projectile," resumed Barbicane, " it is of little consequence, since, once the atmosphere cleared, it will find itself in empty space; I therefore propose a round ball, which will turn on itself, if it so pleases." – The Moon-Voyage by Jules Verne
  2. I mentioned a while back that I was tied up peculiar and stood to lose considerable if I failed to put in two years out here- which wouldn't have been of any particular consequence only that I found out that the Three Bar was going under unless some one put a stop to what's going on. – The Settling of the Sage by Hal G. Evarts