re·​per·​cus·​sion | \ ˌrē-pər-ˈkə-shən How to pronounce repercussion (audio) , ˌre- \

Definition of repercussion

2a : an action or effect given or exerted in return : a reciprocal action or effect
b : a widespread, indirect, or unforeseen effect of an act, action, or event usually used in plural

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repercussive \ ˌrē-​pər-​ˈkə-​siv How to pronounce repercussion (audio) , ˌre-​ \ adjective

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Examples of repercussion in a Sentence

your decision not to go to college will have repercussions you'll feel for years to come
Recent Examples on the Web Perhaps after the electric finish in Memphis two nights earlier, a lower-voltage start on Friday night was to be expected of the Mavericks, despite coach Rick Carlisle’s warning of the potential repercussion. Dallas News, "Mavericks begin pivotal five-game homestand with loss to Dallas native Julius Randle, Knicks," 17 Apr. 2021 The public and media attention generated is much broader; the expectation of corporate response is more accepted; and the risks of repercussion are far more significant. Michael Peregrine, Forbes, "Corporate Leadership Faces Ever Evolving Social Justice Concerns," 6 Apr. 2021 Identity theft is only one potential repercussion of this oversharing. Gregory Gurbikian, Forbes, "Pause Before Posting Your Vaccine Or Medicare ID Card On Social Media," 12 Mar. 2021 This wasn’t the only negative repercussion of his protests. Brice Paterik, Dallas News, "Ex-FC Dallas RB Reggie Cannon says kneeling during national anthem ‘compromised’ his safety," 4 Mar. 2021 Uber said some features cited in the ruling no longer exist, noting that since 2017 drivers face no repercussion for rejecting multiple consecutive trips. Kelvin Chan, The Christian Science Monitor, "Top UK court rules Uber drivers are workers, not self-employed," 19 Feb. 2021 Sure, its players were allowed to kneel during the national anthem without repercussion to protest ongoing racial and social injustice this past summer — a far cry from the NFL’s blackballing of Colin Kaepernick. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Eric Walden: Though considered a beacon of diversity, the NBA actually has much work to do," 30 Jan. 2021 The rapidly increasing number of deaths is the grimmest, but not the only, repercussion of COVID-19’s rampage across L.A. County and the state. Los Angeles Times, "California becomes the first state to surpass 2 million coronavirus cases," 23 Dec. 2020 But the only repercussion for lying on the declaration or refusing to wear a mask on the plane is getting banned from the airline, if caught. Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times, "Coughing, sneezing, vomiting: Visibly ill people aren’t being kept off planes," 1 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of repercussion

1543, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for repercussion

Latin repercussion-, repercussio, from repercutere to drive back, from re- + percutere to beat — more at percussion

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25 Apr 2021

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“Repercussion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of repercussion

: something usually bad or unpleasant that happens as a result of an action, statement, etc., and that usually affects people for a long time


re·​per·​cus·​sion | \ ˌrē-pər-ˈkə-shən How to pronounce repercussion (audio) \

Kids Definition of repercussion

: a widespread, indirect, or unexpected effect of something said or done Everyone felt the repercussions of the change.

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