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

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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The changes in usage have huge repercussions for everyone from traditional media companies to app developers. Washington Post, "U.S. factory orders dropped in April," 5 June 2019 His discoveries had profound repercussions for the way that ancient Mesopotamia was, and is, regarded. National Geographic, "The royal tombs of Ur revealed Mesopotamia's golden splendor," 22 May 2019 In other words, shooting down Trump’s national emergency declaration could have repercussions for future presidents. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Donald Trump Is Threatening to Declare a National Emergency to Get Border Wall Funding. Here's Why He Shouldn’t.," 11 Jan. 2019 Still, those particular words will likely have at least some legal repercussions. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Women Who Miscarry Could Be Criminally Investigated Under Georgia's New Abortion Law," 15 May 2019 But the lawsuit filed Thursday, if successful, could point to further repercussions. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Janus Ruling Fallout: Washington state employees sue to 'escape' union," 3 Aug. 2018 Despite his reinstatement, Josey was passed over for a promotion in 2016 due largely to repercussions from the incident. Dan Spinelli,, "Pa. appeals court upholds decision to deny promotion to Lt. Jonathan Josey," 27 Mar. 2018 The risk will come in the longer term if unions are able to persuade their members to stay home for longer, which could lead to wider economic repercussions. Lauren Said-moorhouse And Jim Bittermann, CNN, "France braces for nationwide strikes over Macron's reform drive," 22 Mar. 2018 The 32-year-old spoke to The AP on condition his last name not be used for fear of repercussions. Nadine Achoui-lesage, The Seattle Times, "Clashes mar peaceful protests as Algerians march anew," 12 Apr. 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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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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to take the place or position of

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