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Definition: 1. an often negative, indirect effect or consequence of an action; 2. a rebound from an impact

Synonyms: reaction, aftereffect, effect, consequence, backlash, impact, result, reverberation, fallout


Tips: The word repercussion is commonly used in the plural. Repercussions can be thought of as ripple effects occurring because of an incident or action. A decision can cause unexpected, and/or indirect, repercussions, which are more far-reaching than mere consequences. A consequence can be positive or negative, but a repercussion is always negative. A repercussion is also a reflection of light or sound or a rebounding force after an impact.

Usage Examples:

The newspaper felt the repercussions of printing a false story for months afterward. (backlash, effects)

Don't forget that your harsh words can have serious repercussions on the morale of your employees. (backlash, results)

The earthquake had serious repercussions on the nation's tourism industry. (aftereffects, consequences)

My actions had repercussions that I couldn't have foreseen. (consequences, results)

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