Definition of ramification in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌraməfəˈkāSH(ə)n/


(usually ramifications)
1A consequence of an action or event, especially when complex or unwelcome: any change is bound to have legal ramifications
More example sentences
  • He knew what he should do and he didn't stop to consider the ramifications of what he did.
  • Do you really want the legal ramifications of a line of code hindering game development?
  • The description of the legal ramifications of the treaty varies with the audience.
consequence, result, aftermath, outcome, effect, upshot;
development, implication;
product, by-product
1.1A subdivision of a complex structure or process perceived as comparable to a tree’s branches: an extended family with its ramifications of neighboring in-laws
1.2 formal or technical The action or state of ramifying or being ramified.
Example sentences
  • His core concept was ramification, meaning the likelihood that co-operation in one sector would lead governments to extend the range of collaboration across other sectors.


Mid 17th century: from French, from ramifier 'form branches' (see ramify).

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