aftereffect

noun
af·​ter·​ef·​fect | \ ˈaf-tər-ə-ˌfekt How to pronounce aftereffect (audio) \

Definition of aftereffect

: an effect that follows its cause after an interval

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Examples of aftereffect in a Sentence

in the U.S. slavery was abolished in 1865, but its aftereffects remained keenly felt long afterwards

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Why some reevaluations of public figures that seem long overdue only happen after the release of a film about them — the aftereffects of the 2018 Lifetime documentary Surviving R. Kelly is a good example — is nearly impossible to trace to one cause. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "A changing America finally demands that the Central Park Five prosecutors face consequences," 8 July 2019 Was this feeling of renewal an intrinsic aftereffect of panic? Lisa Wells, Harper's magazine, "Nightmares at 20,000 Feet," 10 Apr. 2019 The commission would also suggest to Congress possible remedies for slavery’s aftereffects on African-Americans up to the present. Jesse Naranjo, WSJ, "Slavery Reparations Issue Gets Rare Hearing on Hill," 19 June 2019 But the aftereffects of surgery and radiation plagued her. Ann Neumann, Harper's magazine, "Going to Extremes," 10 June 2019 Some are responding to early signs of slowing sales, while others fear that tariffs, unstable financial markets, the aftereffects of the government shutdown... Ruth Simon, WSJ, "Small Businesses Are Waving the Caution Flag," 3 Feb. 2019 Ultimately, surviving abuse and living with the aftereffects can be harrowing. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "What You Should Know About Dating a Domestic Abuse Survivor," 26 Oct. 2018 The rampage’s aftereffects also are felt in the office of the prime minister, trying to see what went structurally wrong. Mark Kennedy, The Seattle Times, "’22 July’: a powerful dramatization on 2011 Norwegian massacre," 9 Oct. 2018 The aftereffects still linger today, especially in our education system. Christine Emba, BostonGlobe.com, "President Trump’s ‘Space Force’ brings back ‘separate but equal’," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of aftereffect

1656, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aftereffect

after- + effect entry 1

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aftereffect

noun

English Language Learners Definition of aftereffect

: an effect that occurs after time has passed

aftereffect

noun
af·​ter·​ef·​fect | \ ˈaf-tər-ə-ˌfekt How to pronounce aftereffect (audio) \

Kids Definition of aftereffect

: an effect that follows its cause after some time has passed A bad headache is the only aftereffect of my accident.

aftereffect

noun
af·​ter·​ef·​fect | \ ˈaf-tə-ri-ˌfekt How to pronounce aftereffect (audio) \

Medical Definition of aftereffect

1 : an effect that follows its cause after an interval the aftereffects of surgery
2 : a secondary result especially in the action of a drug coming on after the subsidence of the first effect

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