- the act or process of ramifying.
- a branch: ramifications of a nerve.
- a related or derived subject, problem, etc.; outgrowth; consequence; implication: The new tax law proved to have many ramifications unforeseen by the lawmakers.
- a structure formed of branches.
- a configuration of branching parts.
Origin of ramification
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Examples from the Web for ramifications
Getting students to games clearly has ramifications beyond the walls of the stadium.How The University of Wisconsin Badgers Are Bucking the Big Ten Ticket Flop
October 31, 2014
You saw the ramifications of that shooting impact our hero and the other characters throughout the season.
And we never really played out the idea of the ramifications of all these arms they sell.
The weight of the low bar for conviction has ramifications that extend far beyond campus.
“You have a low standard that is at best flawed, and you have a lifetime of ramifications,” says Miltenberg.
I am always conscious of that, Joe; the ramifications of public life are innumerable.The Burning Spear
There is no hamlet so small as not to be touched by their ramifications.
Her influence is felt everywhere, throughout the ramifications of our "Order."
It is simple in its manifestations, but most complex in its organization and in its ramifications.Electricity for Boys
J. S. Zerbe
But of its motive, of its ramifications, or of its conception, I had no knowledge.The Stretton Street Affair
William Le Queux
- the act or process of ramifying or branching out
- an offshoot or subdivision
- (often plural) a subsidiary consequence, esp one that complicates
- a structure of branching parts
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Word Origin and History for ramifications
1670s, "a branching out," from French ramification, from ramifier (see ramify). Transferred sense of "outgrowth, consequence" first recorded 1755. Related: Ramifications.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A branching shape or arrangement.
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