Definition of ramification noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌræmɪfɪˈkeɪʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌræmɪfɪˈkeɪʃn//
[usually plural]
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one of the large number of complicated and unexpected results that follow an action or a decision synonym complication These changes are bound to have widespread social ramifications. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from French, from ramifier ‘form branches’, from medieval Latin ramificare, from Latin ramus ‘branch’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: ramification