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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But the lack of a full-fledged investigation into Jarzembowski's original claims exposed how the absence of a policy on handling abuse complaints can have repercussions. Nicole Winfield, Fox News, "Vatican City still has no policy to fight clergy sex abuse," 1 July 2018 Both parties’ primary results could have national repercussions. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "New York House Races Headline June 26 State Primaries," 26 June 2018 The Friday Factor Iceland faces Nigeria in Volgograd on Friday in a match-up that will have significant repercussion for Argentina, no matter what happens. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "How Lionel Messi and Argentina can still advance in the World Cup," 22 June 2018 While that would help insulate the Chinese economy from the impact of U.S. tariffs, such a move could have severe political and economic repercussions. Chelsey Dulaney, WSJ, "Risk of Chinese Currency Devaluation Rises With Latest Tariffs Threat," 19 June 2018 The Saldaña endorsement had immediate repercussions for the organization. Michael Smolens,, "Labor leader Kasparian hobbled by election results, union rift," 15 June 2018 Even the alternate free speech ground, embraced by the Trump Administration, along with Justice Neil Gorsuch and Justice Clarence Thomas, would also have disconcerting repercussions. Aziz Huq, Fortune, "What the Supreme Court’s Masterpiece Cakeshop Ruling Could Mean for Trump’s Travel Ban," 5 June 2018 The original ban had immediate repercussions for researchers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen—stranding several in transit and preventing others from coming to the United States to work, study or attend scientific meetings. Sara Reardon, Scientific American, "Top U.S. Court Upholds Trump Travel Ban: Student Visas Already in Decline," 26 June 2018 There are several political repercussions of allowing a single child to represent a crisis. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "America’s “Poster Child” Syndrome," 20 June 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


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

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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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