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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First, let’s deal with the Wall Street repercussions of this bad decision, starting with the inevitable, unsurprising but also undeserved jump in the stock price of Palatin Technologies (PTN). STAT, "The FDA erred in approving new women’s libido drug; don’t reward Palatin Technologies," 24 June 2019 The stories like Sow’s, Coram’s, and Sam’s show the repercussions of feeding the animals. Michael Nichols, National Geographic, "Why feeding bears is worse than you might think," 24 June 2019 Humanity needs ethical leadership, and time to think through the potential repercussions of rapid technological change. Jennifer Grygiel, The Conversation, "With cryptocurrency launch, Facebook sets its path toward becoming an independent nation," 18 June 2019 The repercussions of this revelation are immediately sobering. Aja Romano, Vox, "Big Little Lies season 2, episode 2: “Tell-Tale Hearts” asks if families can survive their own secrets," 17 June 2019 And in sixth grade, the curriculum includes a discussion on the repercussions of unhealthy or violent relationships. Natasha Bhuyan, SELF, "If I Don’t Talk to My Patients About Consent, Who Will?," 5 June 2019 Modern man, in attempting to emulate Icarus, must deal with the repercussions of surviving the fall. Sahil Handa, National Review, "Seeking a Way Out of Our Modern Malaise," 4 June 2019 The repercussions of such a law are already becoming clear. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Alabama's Abortion Ban Is Akin to Torture," 16 May 2019 And the repercussions of GDPR are going to keep coming for a long time to come. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Google," 26 Dec. 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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