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Definition complications that result from an initial action — typically unintended consequences

Much more rarely, ramification can reference the act of branching out; or part or all of branching parts.
  • the court's decision had many unforeseen ramifications
  • Does anyone see negative ramifications if we implement this suggestion?
  • This was the ultimate belief on which all the systems elaborated by human thought in almost all their ramifications rested.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • He considered the ramifications before reaching into his pocket for his cell phone.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Best of Me
  • Holabird was as much bewildered as Tubbs would have been by the ramifications of Martin's work.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • In all its ramifications, my darling.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • In an instant they all knew the ramifications.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • How could I have told you anything about a transcontinental railroad, unless you knew all the details and ramifications?
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • My mind raced with the ramifications.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • JFK's commitment has far-reaching ramifications.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • In the ramifications of party doctrine she had not the faintest interest.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • 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
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • These strange customs had ramifications, some of which I had still shied away from.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • 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
  • '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
  • Judge, what are the legal ramifications?
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • Granted, a dream with some pretty crazy ramifications, but just a dream.
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
  • The ramifications of the ceremony were dawning on Dill, and he fought hard for the role.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • What in the world is this about, I'm wondering, afraid to even consider the ramifications of something like this.
    Melody Carlson  --  Becoming Me
  • My temporary pyramid insanity, clearly, had serious and far-flung ramifications.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland

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