repercussion

noun re·per·cus·sion \ ˌrē-pər-ˈkə-shən , ˌre- \

Definition of repercussion

2 a :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

repercussive

play \-ˈkə-siv\ adjective

Examples of repercussion in a Sentence

  1. your decision not to go to college will have repercussions you'll feel for years to come

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Origin and Etymology of repercussion

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


REPERCUSSION Defined for English Language Learners

repercussion

noun

Definition of repercussion for English Language Learners

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


REPERCUSSION Defined for Kids

repercussion

noun re·per·cus·sion \ ˌrē-pər-ˈkə-shən \

Definition of repercussion for Students

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


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