One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A consequence of an action or event, especially when complex or unwelcome.‘any change is bound to have legal ramifications’
consequence, result, aftermath, outcome, effect, upshot, issue, sequelView synonyms
- ‘Many of us are still simply dismayed by recent events and troubled by their international ramifications.’
- ‘These issues have ramifications far beyond the loss of cash by more than a million families.’
- ‘We leave the discerning readers to judge by themselves, the real ramifications of the issue.’
- ‘Suppliers also consider the safety ramifications of protective package features.’
- ‘The attack, thus, is a very serious issue, the ramifications of which are far-reaching.’
- ‘One can only imagine what legal ramifications there may be to such a finding.’
- ‘It's a significant development, with serious ramifications for Jones and Montgomery.’
- ‘Do you really want the legal ramifications of a line of code hindering game development?’
- ‘Fearing that these events will have dire ramifications for the rest of the world, the NSA send Sam in.’
- ‘The description of the legal ramifications of the treaty varies with the audience.’
- ‘He knew what he should do and he didn't stop to consider the ramifications of what he did.’
- ‘And he will be aware that the Senate results have ramifications for a long time to come.’
- ‘So far the media has been incredibly quiet on this issue, considering the ramifications.’
- ‘In short, the conventional passage of time has no bearing on the ramifications of historical events.’
- ‘As the editor of the Silver Bear Cafe, I try to focus on the ramifications of world events.’
- ‘The real dynamic ramifications of that event are yet to play out in the international arena.’
- ‘The outcome will have widespread ramifications for business as well as for the rest of society.’
- ‘Now that significant discussions are under way, we must consider the ramifications.’
- ‘The ramifications of not having legal protections for a family can be many.’
- ‘If true, it is a deadly serious issue with ramifications that should send chills up the spine.’
- 1.1 A 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’
- 1.2technical, formal The action or state of ramifying or being ramified.
- ‘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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