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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Europe now both fears that the U.S. trade war with China may have ripple effect on its economy and that Trump may eventually impose similar measures on the European Union itself. Rick Noack, Washington Post, "As Trump’s trade war kicks off, Europe celebrates tariff-hit Harley-Davidson," 6 July 2018 Jordan said that can have a ripple effect on local economies by harming credit ratings while also making people less likely to seek medical care. Andy Marso, kansascity, "Trouble paying medical bills? Large survey shows it’s common in Kansas and Missouri," 11 June 2018 But as director of research for the Perception Institute, Godsil said racial profiling has a broad ripple effect on everyone. Holly Yan, CNN, "This is why everyday racial profiling is so dangerous," 11 May 2018 The ripple effects of that summer are still being felt today. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "The Golden State Warriors Have Broken the NBA," 3 July 2018 The royal sisters-in-law and Prince Harry displayed a rippling effect of honor to Queen Elizabeth during the celebrations. Erin Hill,, "See the Moment Meghan and Kate Perfectly Curtsy to the Queen on the Balcony of Buckingham Palace," 9 June 2018 Moreover, the most expensive places — the ritzy waterfront mansions — may be more insulated than others from the ripple effect of climate risk, at least for now. Alex Harris, miamiherald, "The risk of sea level rise is chipping away at Miami home values, new research shows | Miami Herald," 24 Apr. 2018 On Wednesday, Sherrilyn Ifill of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund appeared with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! to talk about the ripple effects of what was placed into evidence in this trial. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "It's Not Just These Cops. It's Not Just Baltimore.," 9 Feb. 2018 Her example is having a ripple effect on other Democrats in New York. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez just won a House primary as a write-in — for a district she wasn’t intending to run in," 11 July 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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