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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The potential ramifications of a nuclear disaster in the world's most populated country are stark, to say nothing of economic or environmental fallout. James Griffiths, CNN, "China's gambling on a nuclear future, but is it destined to lose?," 13 Sep. 2019 The ramifications can be loud and, occasionally, expensive. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "Superfans: A Love Story," 9 Sep. 2019 This week the political ramifications were apparent but progress toward solutions was not after the mass shooting in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio. Scott Braddock, Houston Chronicle, "Listen: Fallout from the mass shooting in El Paso," 9 Aug. 2019 What are the ramifications of populist administrations questioning science? Jim Daley, Scientific American, "Brazil’s Sacked Space Director Speaks Out on Attacks on Science," 7 Aug. 2019 For those splitting up in their later years or for spouses who worked at home for most of their lives, the financial ramifications can be even worse. Janna Herron, USA TODAY, "Divorce: How to stay financially secure when you're splitting up," 7 Aug. 2019 To date, Tencent hasn’t seen a purpose/value to the blockchain setup, but the ramifications of QQ Coin and Libra could ultimately be very similar, if not the same. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "Tencent created QQ Coin long before Facebook’s Libra," 11 July 2019 Leaders of Los Angeles’ diverse Jewish community remain divided over his comments — and the broader, political ramifications for the mayor are unclear. Dakota Smith, latimes.com, "Garcetti faces heat for supporting U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem. What did he mean?," 26 June 2019 The ramifications of Durant’s injury are extensive. Robert O'connell, The Atlantic, "Kevin Durant’s Disastrous Comeback," 11 June 2019

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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.


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

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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authorized for issue (as a bond)

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