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the court’s decision had many unforeseen ramifications
  complications that result from an initial action — typically unintended consequences
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ramifications ramification
Occasionally, a single ramification will be discussed, but generally, ramifications are referenced in plural.

Synonym comparison:  Typically, ramifications is interchangeable with repercussions; though ramifications might be interpreted more neutrally while repercussions would more likely imply negative consequences.
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  • the court’s decision had many unforeseen ramifications
  • Does anyone see negative ramifications if we implement this suggestion?
  • The ramifications of the ceremony were dawning on Dill, and he fought hard for the role.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • In an instant they all knew the ramifications.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle

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  • The slow, considering way she spoke brought out all the word’s ramifications.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • I have an inability to grasp the moral ramifications of premarital sex.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • Thrashing someone just because they had committed an act with whose ram-ramifications, that was it—with whose ramifications ye didn’t agree was not at a’ a constructive form of punishment…."
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • My mind raced with the ramifications.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • It was right here that I learned, for the first time, of the full ramifications of lokhay, that the people of Sabray were indeed prepared to fight for me until no one was left alive.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • The none too savory ramifications by which Ella Kaye, the newspaper woman, played Madame de Maintenon to his weakness and sent him to sea in a yacht, were common knowledge to the turgid sub-journalism of 1902.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby

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  • How could I have told you anything about a transcontinental railroad, unless you knew all the details and ramifications?
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • He was still preoccupied with sifting through the numerous possible ramifications of belonging to Durgrimst Ingeitum.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • These ramifications of pipes with their hundred elbows imitated those old leafless vine-stocks which writhe over the fronts of old farm-houses.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • In the ramifications of party doctrine she had not the faintest interest.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • The presence of ventilating shafts and wells along the hill slopes—everywhere, in fact, except along the river valley—showed how universal were its ramifications.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • The ramifications of cousins, double cousins, cousins-in-law and kissing cousins were so intricate and involved that no one but a born Georgian could ever unravel them.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • There may be ramifications.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • Its faintest ramification had become hilarious, until whatever he said released a burst of laughter.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Steadily, incessantly, each black splash grew and spread, shooting out ramifications this way and that, now banking itself against rising ground, now pouring swiftly over a crest into a new-found valley, exactly as a gout of ink would spread itself upon blotting paper.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • Those who wish to acquaint themselves with the multiple ramifications of the Homeric Question, as it is called, may consult Alfred Heubeck’s authoritative General Introduction to A Commentary on Homer’s Odyssey, Vol.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • These pains appeared to flash along well defined lines of ramification and to beat with an inconceivably rapid periodicity.
    Ambrose Bierce  --  An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
  • His mind was drifting elsewhere, considering other possibilities, wider ramifications.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • My temporary pyramid insanity, clearly, had serious and far-flung ramifications.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • This was the ultimate belief on which all the systems elaborated by human thought in almost all their ramifications rested.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • But my real treasure is not that, my dear friend, which awaits me beneath the sombre rocks of Monte Cristo, it is your presence, our living together five or six hours a day, in spite of our jailers; it is the rays of intelligence you have elicited from my brain, the languages you have implanted in my memory, and which have taken root there with all their philological ramifications.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The recent breakthroughs Katherine had made here in the field of Noetic Science had ramifications across every discipline—from physics, to history, to philosophy, to religion.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • I’d had plenty of time to think through the ramifications of Jasper and Emmett’s bet — to figure out the things I was willing to lose with my humanity, and the part that I was not willing to give up.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • Judge, what are the legal ramifications?
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • Bareacres, Johnes of Helvellyn! and Caerylon of Camelot! we may be sure that Becky and Briggs looked out those august names in the Peerage, and followed the noble races up through all the ramifications of the family tree.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • I have not crawled so long, flat on my belly, with my nails in the earth, through the innumerable ramifications of its caverns, without perceiving far in front of me, at the end of the obscure gallery, a light, a flame, a something, the reflection, no doubt, of the dazzling central laboratory where the patient and the wise have found out God.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • In all its ramifications, my darling.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • I might have made the most intelligent and penetrating remarks about the ramifications and the causes of my sufferings, my sickness of soul, my general bedevilment of neurosis.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • He was too tired to think about all the ramifications of the story, and the sort of thoughts they led him into were not familiar to him, unrealistic things, things better suited for officials of the court to discuss than for him.
    Franz Kafka  --  The Trial
  • My response may sound harsh, but I felt responsibility both as a husband and as a leader of the struggle, to be as clear as possible about the ramifications of her action.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • ’I don’t know the ramifications of this operation, but I can obviously piece together several basic objectives, especially one.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • It has a kind of established repose which is not of frequent occurrence in other quarters of the long, shrill city; it has a riper, richer, more honourable look than any of the upper ramifications of the great longitudinal thoroughfare—the look of having had something of a social history.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • It had as many ramifications as the Cretan labyrinth, as many fluctuations as the Northern Lights, as much colour as a parterre in June, and was as crowded with figures as a coronation.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • That the road they were following had, up to this point, been Henchard’s track on foot they were pretty certain; but the ramifications which now began to reveal themselves in the route made further progress in the right direction a matter of pure guess-work, and Donald strongly advised his wife to give up the search in person, and trust to other means for obtaining news of her stepfather.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • …peninsulas and downward tending promontories: its alluvial deposits: its weight and volume and density: its imperturbability in lagoons and highland tarns: its gradation of colours in the torrid and temperate and frigid zones: its vehicular ramifications in continental lakecontained streams and confluent oceanflowing rivers with their tributaries and transoceanic currents, gulfstream, north and south equatorial courses: its violence in seaquakes, waterspouts, Artesian wells, eruptions,…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • He knew all the ramifications of New York’s cousinships; and could not only elucidate such complicated questions as that of the connection between the Mingotts (through the Thorleys) with the Dallases of South Carolina, and that of the relationship of the elder branch of Philadelphia Thorleys to the Albany Chiverses (on no account to be confused with the Manson Chiverses of University Place), but could also enumerate the leading characteristics of each family: as, for instance, the…
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • These strange customs had ramifications, some of which I had still shied away from.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • Granted, a dream with some pretty crazy ramifications, but just a dream.
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
  • He considered the ramifications before reaching into his pocket for his cell phone.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Best of Me
  • I don’t dare to comment on the legal ramifications of such an action.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • JFK’s commitment has far-reaching ramifications.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • Holabird was as much bewildered as Tubbs would have been by the ramifications of Martin’s work.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • What in the world is this about, I’m wondering, afraid to even consider the ramifications of something like this.
    Melody Carlson  --  Becoming Me
  • Kessell’s mind was whirling, lost in a daydream search through all of the ramifications of his pending appointment.
    R.A. Salvatore  --  The Crystal Shard
  • Hundreds of millions of people buy fast food every day without giving it much thought, unaware of the subtle and not so subtle ramifications of their purchases.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • In fiction, imaginary people become realer to us than any named celebrity glimpsed in a series of rumored events, whose causes and subtler ramifications must remain in the dark.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
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