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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Leonard changed all that last season, methodically missing 22 games to rest his tender knees, and by Finals’ end, there were no repercussions. Bruce Jenkins,, "Warriors brace for the Giannis Antetokounmpo show," 7 Jan. 2020 The fear was more acute, the potential repercussions more ominous. Anchorage Daily News, "In Baghdad, fears that U.S.-Iran showdowns could leave Iraq caught in middle," 5 Jan. 2020 Some may have felt a big sigh of relief that Eddie is gone—but NCIS: NOLA seems to be hinting that the repercussions will haunt Pride well into next year. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'NCIS: New Orleans' Sparked Wild Theories About Why Pride Is Seeing a Man in a Red Suit," 21 Dec. 2019 The repercussions of Wednesday's events, though, will be neither narrow in impact nor quickly finished. Susan Page, USA TODAY, "Analysis: For Trump and Pelosi, impeachment will shape their legacies and their futures," 20 Dec. 2019 The sentencing came at a time when Aurora police are dealing with repercussions from another officer who may have broken the law when driving drunk, but faced no criminal investigation. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "Former Aurora police officer sentenced for stealing $65,000 from orphans, fallen officers funds," 16 Dec. 2019 The repercussions for who could succeed in the music industry would be massive. Dan Kopf, Quartz, "Napster paved the way for our streaming-reliant music industry," 22 Oct. 2019 But with a gauge of American manufacturing health showing its lowest reading since 2009, the repercussions of the trade war are clear, the benefits less so. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "Trump Administration Missteps Weaken U.S. Hand Entering Chinese Trade Negotiations," 9 Oct. 2019 Although the spill was cleaned up, the repercussions for TVA are ongoing. Travis Loller, San Diego Union-Tribune, "TVA holds meetings to build public trust in coal ash storage," 24 Sep. 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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The first known use of repercussion was in 1543

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17 Jan 2020

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“Repercussion.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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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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