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 repercussive (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 Complex questions, unprecedented decisions and unenviable repercussions are facing the game's administrators and clubs with livelihoods, integrity and survival all on the line. Aleks Klosok, CNN, "Chaos beckons as European soccer season is devastated by coronavirus pandemic," 11 May 2020 That means a lender could serve a bigger business ahead of a smaller one who filed earlier without repercussions. Ledyard King, USA TODAY, "'It’s not right what they're doing': Smallest businesses feel big banks are shutting them out of stimulus loan program," 21 Apr. 2020 Valerie Hedlund, a San Antonio attorney, has four clients in jail and is worried about their health and the repercussions their confinement could have. Emilie Eaton,, "At Bexar County jail, inmates complain of superficial cleanings, scarce soap and flimsy masks amid COVID outbreak," 20 Apr. 2020 The economic repercussions of the coronavirus crisis mean that money is tight for many right now. The Atlantic Culture Desk, The Atlantic, "12 Free Things to Watch, Listen to, and Learn in Quarantine," 8 Apr. 2020 Roorda's able to speak unchecked, without any repercussions. CBS News, "St. Louis chief prosecutor accuses city of racist efforts, citing Ku Klux Klan Act," 14 Jan. 2020 Kaepernick started kneeling before games in 2016 as a way to draw attention to incidents in which law-enforcement authorities had shot unarmed African American men without criminal or professional repercussions. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Gadsden City alumnus gets NFL contract after Kaepernick workout," 5 Dec. 2019 The president, who allowed Khashoggi to be cut into pieces, without any repercussions whatsoever, is now allowing the Christians and the Kurds to be massacred by the Turks,’’ Robertson said., "Minneapolis officials told the Target Center it would be responsible for the $530,000 the city says it will need to beef up security. The arena then passed the bill along to the Trump campaign and said the campaign would have to pay it, or it could not use the arena.," 9 Oct. 2019 South Korea was one of a handful of countries to which the Trump administration granted waivers, allowing buyers to keep purchasing Iran oil without repercussions until those waivers expired at the end of April. Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "International tensions boost price premium for Alaska crude," 15 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of repercussion was in 1543

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22 May 2020

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“Repercussion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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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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