re·​per·​cus·​sion | \ ˌrē-pər-ˈkə-shən How to pronounce repercussion (audio) , ˌre- \

Essential Meaning of repercussion

: something usually bad or unpleasant that happens as a result of an action, statement, etc., and that usually affects people for a long time

Full Definition of repercussion

2a : an action or effect given or exerted in return : a reciprocal action or effect
b : a widespread, indirect, or unforeseen effect of an act, action, or event usually used in plural

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repercussive \ ˌrē-​pər-​ˈkə-​siv How to pronounce repercussion (audio) , ˌre-​ \ adjective

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Examples of repercussion in a Sentence

your decision not to go to college will have repercussions you'll feel for years to come
Recent Examples on the Web One consequential repercussion from the charges may be damage to the alliance between Ridley-Thomas and mayoral candidate Rep. Karen Bass. Benjamin Oreskes, Los Angeles Times, 16 Oct. 2021 Binance’s security team has long-standing guidelines for investigating wrongdoing and holding workers accountable, with termination being the minimal repercussion, the spokesperson added. Tom Schoenberg, Fortune, 17 Sep. 2021 Still, there’s a fear of repercussion, Marino and Solomon say, for those who express their outrage. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, 22 Sep. 2021 Perhaps there should be some form of social penalty, some kind of repercussion, for willfully babbling nonsense that flies in the face of all medical and scientific reality. Rex Huppke,, 9 Sep. 2021 Fatalities, the final repercussion of increases in coronavirus transmission, have also risen sharply recently. Luke Money, Los Angeles Times, 31 Aug. 2021 Another repercussion of Heaney’s departure will come on Sunday, when the Angels’ top pitching prospect Reid Detmers will start the series finale against the Oakland A’s in his big league debut. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 30 July 2021 The incident, which remains under investigation, was only the latest to give an impression of lawlessness running rampant in San Francisco's stores, where people have been caught on recordings openly swiping products seemingly without repercussion. NBC News, 10 July 2021 There is no penalty for violating the requirement, so even if the bar league softball team skipped the national anthem, there would be no repercussion under the law. Scott Bauer, Star Tribune, 11 May 2021

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First Known Use of repercussion

1543, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for repercussion

Latin repercussion-, repercussio, from repercutere to drive back, from re- + percutere to beat — more at percussion

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“Repercussion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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re·​per·​cus·​sion | \ ˌrē-pər-ˈkə-shən How to pronounce repercussion (audio) \

Kids Definition of repercussion

: a widespread, indirect, or unexpected effect of something said or done Everyone felt the repercussions of the change.

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