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

Examples of ripple effect in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There's a whole ripple effect of tragedy because of one thing. Patrick Gomez,, 16 May 2024 The resulting decline in the value of Midwestern farmland and corn prices will hurt farmers and have ripple effects across rural communities, predict University of Nebraska at Lincoln agricultural economists Jeffrey Stokes and Jim Jansen. Karina Atkins, Chicago Tribune, 15 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for ripple effect 

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Word History

First Known Use

1966, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ripple effect was in 1966

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“Ripple effect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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