ramification

noun
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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Patsy is a novel about the ramifications of a single choice. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "35 Outstanding LGBTQ+ Books Of 2019," 7 June 2019 Advocates are also worried about the ramifications of cutting recreational activities. Washington Post, "Feds: No more education, legal services for immigrant kids," 6 June 2019 Advocates are also worried about the ramifications of cutting recreational activities. Time, "U.S. Government Cuts English Classes, Recreation Funding for Sheltered Immigrant Kids," 5 June 2019 Advocates are also worried about the ramifications of cutting recreational activities. Anchorage Daily News, "Feds: No more education, legal services for immigrant kids," 19 Apr. 2019 Taken together, these two cases shed light on how some state appellate courts are starting to think about the ramifications of Carpenter. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "“Get a warrant”—Florida appeals court admonishes cops in two murder cases," 8 Sep. 2018 None of those things are true, and the ramifications can be serious. Claire Gillespie, SELF, "Becoming Sober Made Me Realize How Problematic ‘Wine Mom’ Culture Really Is," 20 Nov. 2018 No trip to brain Disneyland On an individual level, the ramifications of being blocked from attending a huge international meeting like this are substantial. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "US travel ban blocking students from presenting their research," 14 Nov. 2018 Here’s what’s not okay, and here’s what the UN and NATO will do if a country is accused of doing these things, and here are the ramifications for that. Emily Stewart, Vox, "“This is now the new normal”: An expert explains why cybersecurity risks aren’t going away," 26 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of ramification

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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ramification

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ramification

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

ramification

noun
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.

ramification

noun
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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