repercussion

[ree-per-kuhsh-uhn, rep-er-]
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:
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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repercussion (ˌriːpəˈkʌʃən)
 
n
1.  (often plural) 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
 
[C16: from Latin repercussiō, from repercutere to strike back; see percussion]
 
reper'cussive
 
adj

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repercussion
c.1400 (implied in repercussive) "act of driving back," from M.Fr. répercussion (14c.), from L. repercusionem (nom. repercussio), from repercussus, pp. of repercutere "to strike or beat back," from re- "back" + percutere "to strike or thrust through" (see
percussion). Meaning "reverberation, echo" first recorded 1595; the metaphoric extension is recorded from 1625.
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Example sentences
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.
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