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

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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The ramifications are already apparent throughout the country's aviation system, various officials have warned in recent days. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Flight Attendants Union President: Government Shutdown Is 'Disaster' for Aviation Safety," 24 Jan. 2019 Following the 2010 midterms, there were major ramifications in terms of redistricting. Rachel Janfaza, Teen Vogue, "These 3 Midterms Elections Prove That Off-Year Elections Really Matter," 26 Oct. 2018 While on average is a small increase, researchers believe those rains would fall in concentrated places, creating up to 20 inches more rain per year—a huge change with vast ecological ramifications. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "How Solar Panels in the Sahara Could Make It Rain More," 7 Sep. 2018 Certain components of the legislation have led to concerns regarding national security implications and other potential ramifications. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Georgia governor vetoes cyber bill that would criminalize “unauthorized access”," 9 May 2018 While anti-Semitism is based on a false conspiracy theory, its ramifications are far too real. Jane Coaston, Vox, "How the rise of conspiracy theory politics emboldens anti-Semitism," 31 Oct. 2018 Even though William and Kate technically broke royal tradition by spending their wedding night at Buckingham Palace, the decision doesn't seem to have had any negative ramifications. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton and Prince William Broke Royal Tradition on Their Wedding Night," 29 July 2018 And a lot of very deep thought has gone into understanding its ramifications. Sarah Lewin, Space.com, "Massive Space Structures Have Surprising Connection to Quantum Mechanics Math," 5 Mar. 2018 The last few weeks in Russia, however, have highlighted a much more significant technological shift, a real-world innovation that has far-reaching ramifications for all of us. Rory Smith, New York Times, "The Google Translate World Cup," 13 July 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 \

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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a servile follower or underling

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