ram·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ˌra-mə-fə-ˈkā-shən \

Definition of ramification 

1a : branch, offshoot

b : a branched structure

2a : the act or process of branching

b : arrangement of branches (as on a plant)

3 : consequence, outgrowth the ramifications of the decision

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Aside from the philosophical ramifications of her work, Danly suggests that astronomy offers practical applications for humans surviving in the natural world. Hans Aschim, Harper's BAZAAR, "Three Women in Science Who Broke the Glass Ceiling," 5 Oct. 2018 That comment shattered her, with what seems in retrospect to have been lifelong ramifications. Thomas Chatterton Williams, New York Times, "Adrian Piper’s Show at MoMA is the Largest Ever for a Living Artist. Why Hasn’t She Seen It?," 27 June 2018 McCaskill's campaign did not comment on the political ramifications of Kennedy's resignation. Bryan Lowry, kansascity, "Newly open seat on Supreme Court puts pressure on McCaskill in key Senate race," 27 June 2018 There is also no insight into the economic ramifications of a more-efficient world. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Want to halt global warming and raise living standards? Get efficient," 5 June 2018 But Trump may be insulated from the political ramifications of his opinions and actions in a way Nixon was not. Peter Grier, The Christian Science Monitor, "Behind Trump's stance on executive power, transformed US politics," 4 June 2018 When your most important customer hits you with tariffs, there are going to be serious ramifications. James B. Stewart, New York Times, "Why Trump Might Cave to China: Iowa Soybean Farmers," 7 June 2018 The move will likely have major ramifications around the world. David Meyer, Fortune, "Plain-Packaging Laws for Cigarettes Just Got a Major Boost Around the World," 29 June 2018 There’s no question this has national ramifications. Rick Pearson, chicagotribune.com, "Supreme Court decision to be key part of Rauner's legacy, win or lose in November," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of ramification

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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English Language Learners Definition of ramification

: something that is the result of an action, decision, etc.


ram·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ˌra-mə-fə-ˈkā-shən \

Kids Definition of ramification

: something that is the result of something else Our committee will study the ramifications of the change.


ram·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ˌram-ə-fə-ˈkā-shən \

Medical Definition of ramification 

1 : the act or process of branching specifically : the mode of arrangement of branches

2 : a branch or offshoot from a main stock or channel the ramification of an artery also : the resulting branched structure make visible the whole ramification of the dendrite

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