ripple effect


Definition of ripple effect 

: a spreading, pervasive, and usually unintentional effect or influence the automotive industry has a ripple effect on many other industries — compare domino effect

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Any threat to agriculture would have a ripple effect throughout the state’s broader economy and psyche and could make Gianforte’s already tough re-election a steeper climb. Philip Elliott, Time, "Why Trump's Trade War Could Cost Republicans the House," 6 Apr. 2018 Her approach is having a global ripple effect, influencing regulatory action not only in the U.S. but also in Brazil, India and Russia. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "The 10-Point.," 5 Apr. 2018 Jones said that the Port of Mobile -- along with economic engines such as Austal USA's shipyard, Airbus' jet assembly plant and Walmart's new distribution hub west of the city -- have a ripple effect. Lawrence Specker,, "Sen. Jones: Supporting state docks an economic priority," 30 Mar. 2018 The ruling will have ripple effects beyond the civil law courts, where Jameson filed his case. Greg Moran,, "State high court strikes down rule requiring poor to pay for own court reporter in civil courts," 6 July 2018 But British security officials have said the latest case likely was not the result of direct targeting, and rather a ripple effect from the first incident. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Russian Officials Are Already Denying Involvement in Second U.K. Nerve Agent Poisoning," 5 July 2018 Some Coronado residents have been pushing for three decades for something to be done, scarred by the suicides and their ripple effects through the community. John Wilkens,, "Suicide-prevention spikes will be installed on Coronado Bridge, where more than 400 have taken their lives," 8 June 2018 These kinds of disorders can have various physical and mental ripple effects, Bennett explains, from skin infections to shame and guilt. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "Here's How Stress Actually Impacts Your Skin," 14 May 2018 Should Herrera have an explosive spring, there will be a ripple effect across the infield, affecting everyone from Scooter Gennett to Eugenio Suarez to Nick Senzel. Cincinnati Enquirer,, "Guest TML: Four things I'm watching for this Cincinnati Reds season," 23 Feb. 2018

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1966, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of ripple effect

: a situation in which one event causes a series of other events to happen

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