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 Mistrust will be a long-standing public health ripple effect from the Covid-19 pandemic. Abraar Karan, STAT, 29 May 2021 He was left with many unanswered questions, and there was a significant ripple effect of his father’s death on his mother, his brother, and himself. Jessica Gold, Forbes, 28 May 2021 There is also a ripple effect, Holliday says, because the compliments reinforce the idea that thinner is more desirable to others in recovery. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 4 May 2021 But what sometimes goes unrecognized is the ripple effect on the whole of animal welfare., 29 Apr. 2021 But by the fourth selection, every pick will be a ripple effect of the selections that have come before it. Mark Inabinett |, al, 28 Apr. 2021 Concerningly for the Kremlin, there’s been a ripple effect, as others have heeded the Czech government’s calls to do the same. The Editors, National Review, 27 Apr. 2021 But perhaps what worries Hill the most is the ripple effect this might have on women running for office in the future. Danielle Campoamor,, 22 Apr. 2021 Experts say the branding announcements are a ripple effect from the Black Lives Matters protests over the police killing of George Floyd and other African Americans. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, 7 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of ripple effect

1966, in the meaning defined above

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4 Jun 2021

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“Ripple effect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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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