Subsequently vs Finally - What's the difference?

subsequently | finally |

As adverbs the difference between subsequently and finally

is that subsequently is following, afterwards in either time or place while finally is at the end or conclusion; ultimately.




  • Following, afterwards in either time or place.
  • Accordingly, therefore (implying a logical connection or deduction).
  • Usage notes

    Although subsequently may imply a cause and effect relationship, it may also be used when no cause is implied.


    * 1832 — , volume II, chapter 7 *: It will be recollected that the ill-fated Halloway...distinctly stated the voice of the individual who had approached his have been that of a female, and that the language in which they subsequently conversed was that of the Ottawa Indians. * {{quote-book, year=1905, author= , title= , chapter=1 citation , passage=“There the cause of death was soon ascertained?; the victim of this daring outrage had been stabbed to death from ear to ear with a long, sharp instrument, in shape like an antique stiletto, which […] was subsequently found under the cushions of the hansom. […]”}}




  • At the end or conclusion; ultimately.
  • (sequence) To finish (with); lastly.
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  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=2 , passage=I had occasion […] to make a somewhat long business trip to Chicago, and on my return […] I found Farrar awaiting me in the railway station. He smiled his wonted fraction by way of greeting, […], and finally leading me to his buggy, turned and drove out of town.}}
  • (manner) Definitively, comprehensively.
  • Synonyms

    * at length * at last * endly


    * (ultimately) initially