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

Examples of ramification in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But King also alluded to another ramification of Covid: Great Lakes Brewing Co. donated more than $400,000 in philanthropy initiatives in 2019. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Possible federal tax hike a huge concern for craft breweries," 11 Dec. 2020 Another ramification of the economic downturn triggered by the COVID-19 outbreak is a sharp escalation in federal borrowing. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, "ASU forecast: Arizona, U.S. could be back near economic normal in 2021," 1 Dec. 2020 That's the ramification of a ruling by the Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday. Keith Bierygolick, The Enquirer, "Supreme Court: Ohio school can arm teachers as students return to classes," 27 Aug. 2020 This could be the most fascinating ramification, whether the 2020 college season is partially or fully wiped out by the coronavirus. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "'A scouting nightmare': 2021 NFL draft could see big ripple effects from college football cancellations, postponements," 14 Aug. 2020 For the most part, Black Mirror is a series extrapolating the dark ramifications of humanity’s obsession with technology to dystopian near-future settings. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "Comparing US race issues to “Black Mirror” trivializes a real crisis," 5 June 2020 Generally, Majumdar abjures commentary and interior analysis in favor of incident, the decisive ramifications of action. James Wood, The New Yorker, "A Début Novel’s Immersive Urgency," 1 June 2020 Who knows what kind of ramifications that holds should the show come back for season 2... Rachel Paige, refinery29.com, "Is Catherine’s Handmaiden From The Great A Real Historical Figure?," 16 May 2020 There are so many questions and so many possible ramifications of a single positive test let alone what would happen if there’s a mini-outbreak on a college campus. John Talty | Jtalty@al.com, al, "What happens when a college football player tests positive for coronavirus?," 14 May 2020

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First Known Use of ramification

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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“Ramification.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ramification. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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