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repercussion

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noun re·per·cus·sion \ˌrē-pər-ˈkə-shən, ˌre-\

Simple Definition of repercussion

  • : something usually bad or unpleasant that happens as a result of an action, statement, etc., and that usually affects people for a long time

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of repercussion

  1. 1 :  reflection, reverberation

  2. 2 a :  an action or effect given or exerted in return :  a reciprocal action or effect b :  a widespread, indirect, or unforeseen effect of an act, action, or event —usually used in plural

repercussive

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Examples of repercussion in a sentence

  1. <your decision not to go to college will have repercussions you'll feel for years to come>



Origin and Etymology of repercussion

Latin repercussion-, repercussio, from repercutere to drive back, from re- + percutere to beat — more at percussion


First Known Use: 1536

Rhymes with repercussion


REPERCUSSION Defined for Kids

repercussion

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noun re·per·cus·sion \ˌrē-pər-ˈkə-shən\

Definition of repercussion for Students

  1. :  a widespread, indirect, or unexpected effect of something said or done <Everyone felt the repercussions of the change.>





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