Definition of repercussion in English:



  • 1usually repercussionsAn unintended consequence of an event or action, especially an unwelcome one.

    ‘the move would have grave repercussions for the entire region’
    • ‘That affected not only the racial mix of the country but went on to having wider repercussions on the culture of the country.’
    • ‘Research has shown that these types of problems are having serious repercussions on the U.S. work force.’
    • ‘These are huge differences that would inevitably have dramatic repercussions on the overall cost of credit.’
    • ‘Common amongst the concept of property law is that it deals with the accumulation, protection, use, and limitation of wealth and therefore has serious repercussions on many other aspects of society.’
    • ‘It remains to be seen whether events in Russia will have wider repercussions.’
    • ‘China insists that the peg of the Hong Kong dollar to the US dollar will be kept for the moment, but if it were to fail, then there would be serious repercussions on the Chinese economy.’
    • ‘In the past, European nations were mostly concerned with the ensuing repercussions for their traditional understandings of national identity and the effects on their national cultures.’
    • ‘Both Russia and the West are also worried by the repercussions of large-scale unemployment among its nuclear specialists.’
    • ‘The decision will have profound repercussions on this debate in New Zealand; let's hope the issue doesn't die with unfinished business.’
    • ‘This anarchist episode, brief as it was, had serious repercussions on the political stance of the free traders.’
    • ‘Instead it tracked the far-reaching effects of events in the show, sometimes through entire seasons and often with repercussions only manifesting themselves years down the line.’
    • ‘Its medium term outlook however is clouded by a possible crisis in America and its repercussions on China and the rest of the world.’
    • ‘The legacy of World War II continues to have repercussions on the bilateral relationship.’
    • ‘The tightening of our money supply will have serious repercussions on our domestic economy.’
    • ‘Dempsey must contend with charges that his scheme will drive up the price of houses, with all of the serious political repercussions that would result.’
    • ‘Last year there was a serious drop off in the numbers, which had big repercussions on the market.’
    • ‘Instead, we follow the repercussions of the backfiring motor car.’
    • ‘With the software, users can evaluate alternative management plans and study potential repercussions on business financial performance and position before investments or changes are made.’
    • ‘His views seemed to have been that this country must suffer the consequences of repercussions from abroad, which may well have been the result, at least in part, of errors in American monetary policy.’
    • ‘However, attacks don't need to be specifically targeted at enterprises - or even carry a malicious payload - to have serious repercussions on the enterprise's operations.’
    consequence, result, effect, outcome, by-product
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  • 2archaic The recoil of something after impact.

  • 3archaic An echo or reverberation.


Late Middle English (as a medical term meaning ‘repressing of infection’): from Old French, or from Latin repercussio(n-), from repercutere ‘cause to rebound, push back’, from re- ‘back, again’ + percutere ‘to strike’. The early sense ‘driving back, rebounding’ (mid 16th century) gave rise later to ‘blow given in return’, hence repercussion (sense 1) (early 20th century).