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ramification

Line breaks: ram¦ifi|ca¦tion
Pronunciation: /ˌramɪfɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n
 
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Definition of ramification in English:

noun

(usually ramifications)
1A complex or unwelcome consequence of an action or event: 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.
Synonyms
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
More 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.

Origin

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

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