ram·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌra-mə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce ramification (audio) \

Definition of ramification

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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But the move would have big ramifications for the mobile space, particularly for Qualcomm and Intel, two of the biggest modem suppliers in the world. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "New job posts hint Apple is making its own modem to compete with Qualcomm," 12 Dec. 2018 But the upset will likely have much farther-ranging ramifications for the future of the party. NBC News, "Broken in two: Democrats divided after Rep. Crowley's defeat," 28 June 2018 Despite polite press statements praising some aspects of the law, the unions’ attitudes were so lukewarm that neither endorsed the measure that could have major ramifications for their millions of members for years to come. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Are the teachers unions really as powerful as all that?," 27 June 2018 Any decision could have serious ramifications for the future of self-driving cars, Romley said. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "Self-driving Uber fatal crash: Experts say prosecution would be precedent setting," 22 June 2018 Ramos said the change in oversight could have financial ramifications for West Sacramento residents even if liability does not come into play. Kellen Browning, sacbee, "Could West Sacramento be forced to pay up if the river floods? Mayor and residents disagree," 18 June 2018 The announcement could have major ramifications for the US seafood industry and for the economy of the state of Maine, which is home to most of the country’s lobster fishery. New York Times, BostonGlobe.com, "US and China expand trade war as Beijing vows to match Trump’s tariffs," 16 June 2018 Although left-footed like James, Quintero's inclusion could have ramifications for Pekerman's tactical plans. Afp, chicagotribune.com, "James doubtful for Colombia debut against Japan," 15 June 2018 SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports' Peter Barzilai discusses the ramifications of the findings that Aaron Hernandez had severe CTE. A.j. Perez, USA TODAY, "Study: CTE, other brain diseases can start earlier if tackle football played before age 12," 30 Apr. 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

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


ram·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌra-mə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce ramification (audio) \

Kids Definition of ramification

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


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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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