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 That’s likely a repercussion of the bullet wound to her stomach. Matt Bruce, ajc, 2 July 2022 Sure, inflation is at a 40-year high, gas is plentiful at $5 a gallon ($6 in California), crime is out of control, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping can bully us without repercussion and mothers lack formula to feed their babies. WSJ, 13 June 2022 It's also reportedly instructed hiring managers to keep track of how many candidates turn down offer letters due to Musk’s eventual ownership, a potential repercussion that isn’t lost on employees either. Paige Mcglauflin, Fortune, 9 May 2022 Since then, according to a poll by the New York State Restaurant Association, which got 125 responses, most restaurants have experienced negative repercussion. Susan Dunne,, 10 Jan. 2022 Another repercussion may be an onslaught of arms races. Byshannon K. Crawford, ABC News, 22 Mar. 2022 Baldassare’s reassignment is the latest repercussion. Globe Staff,, 22 Apr. 2022 Psychological safety is the ability to show your true self at work, without fear of repercussion. Lindsay Kohler, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 Advocates cite fear of repercussion and the requirement of reporting to a commander — who may be the assailant — as reasons for the lack of reporting. Peggy Mccarthy,, 20 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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“Repercussion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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

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

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