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

Examples of ripple effect in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The latest economic hit in Connecticut is an additional tax of 9 cents per gallon on diesel fuel on July 1 that economists and politicians say will have a negative ripple effect on small businesses and consumers. Christopher Keating, Hartford Courant, 19 June 2022 Declining partnership rates are having a ripple effect on other aspects of love, too. Harry Enten, CNN, 19 June 2022 Gait, or the way a person walks, is paramount to foot health, which can have a ripple effect on the body. Fiorella Valdesolo, WSJ, 15 June 2022 The complex dynamic between William, 39, and Harry, 37, has had a ripple effect across the wider family — including, of course, Meghan and Harry's decision to step back from senior royal duty and relocate with their family to California. Simon Perry,, 9 June 2022 Such a dramatic move by the Court would impact millions of women and pregnant people, creating a ripple effect across the nation. Lauren Puckett-pope, ELLE, 4 May 2022 If the law is overturned in New York, gun advocacy groups and researchers argue that the ruling could have a ripple effect across the US. Priya Krishnakumar, CNN, 30 Jan. 2022 Abdul Malik, who wrote a piece about the history of the NBA’s recreational drug use policies for Jacobin magazine last year, told me about the huge ripple effect of Bias’ death. Matt Brennan, Los Angeles Times, 24 Apr. 2022 The shift comes as Biden and his team assess a concerning political landscape complicated by the ripple effect of severe economic sanctions imposed on Moscow. Kevin Liptak, CNN, 9 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of ripple effect

1966, in the meaning defined above

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3 Aug 2022

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“Ripple effect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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