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 repercussion (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 Baldassare’s reassignment is the latest repercussion. Globe Staff,, 22 Apr. 2022 Psychological safety is the ability to show your true self at work, without fear of repercussion. Lindsay Kohler, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 Advocates cite fear of repercussion and the requirement of reporting to a commander — who may be the assailant — as reasons for the lack of reporting. Peggy Mccarthy,, 20 Dec. 2021 What a great gig, getting millions of dollars each week to lie about, bash and slander Democrats, liberals, progressives, leftists and anyone who exposes your grift without fear of any repercussion. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 22 Nov. 2021 Don't let fear of repercussion stop you from potentially saving someone's life. Sarah Fielding,, 16 Nov. 2021 One consequential repercussion from the charges may be damage to the alliance between Ridley-Thomas and mayoral candidate Rep. Karen Bass. Benjamin Oreskes, Los Angeles Times, 16 Oct. 2021 Binance’s security team has long-standing guidelines for investigating wrongdoing and holding workers accountable, with termination being the minimal repercussion, the spokesperson added. Tom Schoenberg, Fortune, 17 Sep. 2021 Still, there’s a fear of repercussion, Marino and Solomon say, for those who express their outrage. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, 22 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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25 Apr 2022

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“Repercussion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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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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