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repercussion

[ree-per-kuhsh-uh n, rep-er-] /ˌri pərˈkʌʃ ən, ˌrɛp ər-/
noun
1.
an effect or result, often indirect or remote, of some event or action:
The repercussions of the quarrel were widespread.
2.
the state of being driven back by a resisting body.
3.
a rebounding or recoil of something after impact.
4.
reverberation; echo.
5.
Music. (in a fugue) the point after the development of an episode at which the subject and answer appear again.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin repercussiōn- (stem of repercussiō) a rebounding, equivalent to repercuss(us) (past participle of repercutere to strike back) + -iōn- -ion. See re-, percussion
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  • Flagrant violations occur on a regular basis with little or no repercussion.
  • But the more important repercussion has to do with sovereign risk.
  • When you think of motorcycles, you think of wide-open spaces, where engines can roar without repercussion.
  • But the decisions taken in politics are unique in their reach and repercussion.
  • They have the freedom to choose anyone they want without any negative repercussion and will accept whoever wins peacefully.
  • Consider the repercussion when this is extrapolated to the oceans and their garbage patches.
British Dictionary definitions for repercussion

repercussion

/ˌriːpəˈkʌʃən/
noun
1.
(often pl) a result or consequence, esp one that is somewhat removed from the action or event which precipitated it: the repercussions of the war are still keenly felt
2.
a recoil after impact; a rebound
3.
a reflection, esp of sound; echo or reverberation
4.
(music) the reappearance of a fugal subject and answer after an episode
Derived Forms
repercussive, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin repercussiō, from repercutere to strike back; see percussion
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Word Origin and History for repercussion
n.

early 15c., "act of driving back," from Middle French répercussion (14c.) or directly from Latin repercusionem (nominative repercussio), from past participle stem of repercutere "to strike or beat back; shine back, reflect; echo," from re- "back" (see re-) + percutere "to strike or thrust through" (see percussion). Meaning "reverberation, echo" first recorded 1590s; the metaphoric extension is recorded from 1620s.

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