repercussion

noun
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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Other Words from repercussion

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

Synonyms for repercussion

Synonyms

effect, impact, influence, mark, sway

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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

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The potential legal hassle is one of many repercussions Brexit has presented businesses across Europe. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "As Brexit Nears, European Firms Look to Change Legal Structure," 12 Dec. 2018 The former Amazon employee, a US Air Force veteran, requested anonymity for fear of professional repercussions. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "The human costs of Black Friday, explained by a former Amazon warehouse manager," 20 Nov. 2018 Washington had warned Assad of serious repercussions, but there has been no sign of action to stop him. NBC News, "Humanitarian crisis escalates with regime airstrikes in southern Syria," 30 June 2018 It’s unclear if there have been any immediate repercussions against the police officer. Fox News, "MLK's daughter calls for Waffle House boycott, NAACP LDF demands police footage after choking video goes viral," 2 Oct. 2018 The shocking climax forced even Gilead’s most powerful to confront the awful repercussions of a society structured along the lines of dogma, not by humanity or love. refinery29.com, "The Handmaid's Tale Recap Season 2, Episode 12: Gilead's Romeo & Juliet," 4 July 2018 Fewer Americans are putting their trust in vaccines—and the repercussions could be felt by society at large. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Americans Don't Trust Vaccines Like They Used To," 22 May 2018 That has a whole lot of repercussions for people who are selling this media or advertising against this media for listening to more of it. Eric Johnson, Recode, "What’s next for virtual assistants like Alexa? Maybe buying stuff for you automatically.," 24 Dec. 2018 That staff member, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of professional repercussions, confirmed this incident with The Verge. Ben Guarino, The Verge, "An academic reported sexual harassment. Her university allegedly retaliated," 12 Nov. 2018

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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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repercussion

noun

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

repercussion

noun
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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