ramification

[ram-uh-fi-key-shuhn]
noun
1.
the act or process of ramifying.
2.
a branch: ramifications of a nerve.
3.
a related or derived subject, problem, etc.; outgrowth; consequence; implication: The new tax law proved to have many ramifications unforeseen by the lawmakers.
4.
Botany.
a.
a structure formed of branches.
b.
a configuration of branching parts.

Origin:
1670–80; < Middle French < Medieval Latin rāmificāt(us) (past participle of rāmificāre to ramify) + Middle French -ion -ion

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ramification (ˌræmɪfɪˈkeɪʃən)
 
n
1.  the act or process of ramifying or branching out
2.  an offshoot or subdivision
3.  (often plural) a subsidiary consequence, esp one that complicates
4.  a structure of branching parts

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ramification
1670s, "a branching out," from Fr. ramification, from ramifier (see ramify). Transf. sense of "outgrowth, consequence" first recorded 1755.
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ramification ram·i·fi·ca·tion (rām'ə-fĭ-kā'shən)
n.
A branching shape or arrangement.

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With future so uncertain, ramification so complex, the natural course of action is status quo.
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