re·​per·​cus·​sion | \ˌrē-pər-ˈkə-shən, 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 , ˌre-​ \ adjective

Synonyms for repercussion


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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After the homophobic posts were revealed, many of Reid’s on-air colleagues publicly voiced their support for the embattled host, who has not faced any repercussions from MSNBC over the posts. Rob Tornoe,, "MSNBC, host Joy Reid silent about blog posts echoing conspiracy theory," 31 May 2018 Tucker is also facing repercussions in her personal life. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "White Woman Facing Charges After Lunging at, Striking Pregnant, Black Service Member at Georgia Restaurant," 17 Apr. 2018 About 20 additional state lawmakers have faced repercussions such as reprimands and the loss of leadership positions, according to the AP's review. David A. Lieb,, "Most legislatures have no public sex harassment records," 11 Apr. 2018 While both Democrats and Republicans voted against the measure, Fulchino said his party’s candidates could face repercussions in November. Daniela Altimari,, "Anger in the East: Officials Furious Over Lack of Crumbling Foundation Help," 5 Apr. 2018 Three younger women requested anonymity, fearing repercussions to their careers. Meredith Wadman, Science | AAAS, "Famed cancer biologist allegedly sexually harassed women for decades," 26 Apr. 2018 Many of those implicated in the post-coup crackdown have said Turkish defense lawyers fear repercussions if they back much-loathed clients, adding to the legal woes. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Jailed American pastor in Turkey finally getting his day in court," 13 Apr. 2018 Meanwhile, proponents of existing welfare programs suggest that stricter requirements would have disproportionate repercussions for the most vulnerable. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Trump's New Executive Order Will Make Welfare Recipients Work to Receive Benefits," 11 Apr. 2018 In the meantime, the commission's proceedings could have further repercussions for Harris County judges, according to one expert. Gabrielle Banks, Houston Chronicle, "Harris County judges told hearing magistrates to deny no-cost bail," 23 Feb. 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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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


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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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