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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When Finch defends an African-American man falsely accused of assaulting a white woman, the trial and its repercussions open Scout’s eyes to the world around her, good and bad. Lynn Elber, The Seattle Times, "‘Mockingbird’ chosen as America’s best-loved novel in vote," 24 Oct. 2018 Twitter's first punishment was minor compared to the repercussions that Jones and InfoWars faced from other tech companies just days before. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Twitter’s latest (and final) punishment for Alex Jones: A permanent ban," 6 Sep. 2018 The Earth is a very complex system, and changing one thing can have repercussions a continent away. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Warn Earth's Ecosystems Could Start Releasing CO2 On Their Own," 7 Aug. 2018 The history of mental health repercussions for veterans’ family members is long, advocates say., "Veterans’ Families Also Suffer From The Wounds Of War," 12 July 2018 As the season finale, this could be a decisive road game with naturally built in Playoff repercussions for both teams. 2. Matthew Glenesk, Indianapolis Star, "Ranking Indiana's top 50 college football games in 2018," 11 July 2018 Get our daily newsletter Imagine the repercussions. The Economist, "Why India needs women to work," 5 July 2018 Which is different than living with it — and the repercussions for three young girls. Vahe Gregorian, kansascity, "Chiefs legend Joe Delaney died a hero 35 years ago ... and later saved his widow, too," 30 June 2018 When [Trump] belittles, attacks, and undermines journalists, that creates a new norm that has global repercussions as well as local ones., "Area Man Who Called Journalists Enemies Offers Thoughts & Prayers For Murdered Reporters," 29 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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