Definition of ramification in English:


Line breaks: ram¦ifi|ca¦tion
Pronunciation: /ˌramɪfɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n


(usually ramifications)
  • 1A complex or unwelcome consequence of an action or event: any change is bound to have legal ramifications
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    • 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, issue, sequel; complication, development, implication; product, by-product, outgrowth, spin-off
  • 1.1A subdivision of a complex structure or process: an extended family with its ramifications of neighbouring in-laws
  • 1.2 [mass noun] formal or • technical The action of ramifying or the state of being ramified: a coronary angiogram showed ramification of the right coronary artery close to the ostium
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    • 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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