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

Examples of ramification in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If the China-Russia tandem is here to stay, Western leaders must build a long-term strategy that will help maintain peace by accounting for all the ramifications of having to compete with China and Russia simultaneously. Alexander Gabuev, Foreign Affairs, 9 Apr. 2024 However, the fast food giant relaxing its supply standards has some people concerned about possible public health ramifications. Julia Landwehr, Health, 29 Mar. 2024 But county officials and mental health advocates are sounding the alarm about the ramifications if Prop. 1 becomes law. Andrew Sheeler, Sacramento Bee, 4 Mar. 2024 The ramifications, from the future of Google’s business model to the nature of the web itself, are complex and difficult to predict. David Einstein, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 This means that while neither pill's approval changes today, there could be ramifications for all medications and the future of reproductive health systems nationally. Nicole Fallert, USA TODAY, 26 Mar. 2024 There are no implications from anyone that Ohtani was involved in the alleged gambling, and thus there are no indications there will be any ramifications. Mark Osborne, ABC News, 21 Mar. 2024 Gabriela: There’s obviously ramifications that have cascading effects. Quartz Staff, Quartz, 19 Mar. 2024 The ramifications of these campaigns is difficult to measure precisely. Steven Lee Myers, New York Times, 18 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Time Traveler
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 20 Apr. 2024.

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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