ramification

noun

ram·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion ˌra-mə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce ramification (audio)
1
b
: a branched structure
2
a
: the act or process of branching
b
: arrangement of branches (as on a plant)
3
: consequence, outgrowth
the ramifications of the decision

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In all, this study shows us yet another potential ramification for our changing climate. Erik Klemetti, Discover Magazine, 5 Feb. 2019 Church historians say that the greatest ramification for Catholicism’s future could stem from his decision in 2013 to abdicate power, becoming the first pontiff in 600 years to do so. Stefano Pitrelli, Washington Post, 31 Dec. 2022 Church historians say the most significant ramification for Catholicism’s future could stem from Benedict’s decision in 2013 to abdicate power, becoming the first pontiff in 600 years to do so. Chico Harlan, Stefano Pitrelli, Marisa Iati, Anchorage Daily News, 31 Dec. 2022 In her brazen naïveté, Lopiano hadn’t connected the dots or realized the ramification of going to Capitol Hill. Dallas News, 23 June 2022 The most serious ramification is the potential for more explosive style of eruption if water can mix with the lava. Erik Klemetti, Discover Magazine, 5 Sep. 2014 The ramification of these decisions will be felt for the next three to four years as those that have evaluated correctly and successfully pursued their right targets are in position to benefit when those players hit the field. Erick Smith, USA TODAY, 21 Dec. 2022 But the other ramification of what's happening right now, Martha, is, who's going step up to run? ABC News, 30 Oct. 2022 Smith believes political leadership has played a role in this thought process, a system that may come with political ramification in the next few years. Olivia Mitchell, cleveland, 13 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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The first known use of ramification was in 1578

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Cite this Entry

“Ramification.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ramification. Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

ramification

noun
ram·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion ˌram-ə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce ramification (audio)
1
: the act or process of branching
2
: outgrowth sense 1
the ramifications of the decision

Medical Definition

ramification

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