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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Rauner also has declined to comment on many Trump controversies or give his opinion on many national issues with ramifications for Illinois. Rick Pearson, chicagotribune.com, "Vice President Pence to speak in Rosemont Friday, when Gov. Rauner will introduce him," 12 July 2018 If left unchecked, global warming will have devastating ramifications for every living being on this planet. The Atlantic, "What Book or Article Would You Make Required Reading for Everyone on Earth?," 26 June 2018 But such a hubristic folly, with its global ramifications, offers an endless well of possibilities. Demetrios Matheou, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Lehman Trilogy': Theater Review," 13 July 2018 The shooting and its legal ramifications have prompted lawmakers to revisit how state laws handle minors accused of major crimes. Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star, "Noblesville school shooting suspect's trial postponed until September," 27 June 2018 The environmental commission took issue with the way the project was handled, and its possible environmental ramifications. Leah Brennan, baltimoresun.com, "Following controversial tree-painting at Baltimore County park, environmental commission seeks code revisions," 20 June 2018 Its financial, ethical, and environmental ramifications could be immense. Rob Reid, Ars Technica, "Ars on your lunch break, part three: Woolly mammoths and synthetic meat," 14 June 2018 American officials were dusting off plans for how to sell a pullout to the public and explain its complex financial ramifications. Josh Lederman And Catherine Lucey, The Christian Science Monitor, "Trump pulls US out of Iran nuclear deal," 8 May 2018 Only once a yellow Star of David is forcibly stitched onto his jacket — casually detached and traded for a bag of marbles with a curious Gentile classmate — does the child begin to understand its ramifications. Guy Lodge, chicagotribune.com, "'A Bag of Marbles' review: Children escape Nazis in war-torn France," 19 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

: 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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