repercussion

[ ree-per-kuhsh-uhn, rep-er- ]
/ ˌri pərˈkʌʃ ən, ˌrɛp ər- /
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noun

an effect or result, often indirect or remote, of some event or action: The repercussions of the quarrel were widespread.
the state of being driven back by a resisting body.
a rebounding or recoil of something after impact.
reverberation; echo.
Music. (in a fugue) the point after the development of an episode at which the subject and answer appear again.

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Origin of repercussion

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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British Dictionary definitions for repercussion

repercussion
/ (ˌriːpəˈkʌʃən) /

noun

(often plural) a result or consequence, esp one that is somewhat removed from the action or event which precipitated itthe repercussions of the war are still keenly felt
a recoil after impact; a rebound
a reflection, esp of sound; echo or reverberation
music the reappearance of a fugal subject and answer after an episode

Derived forms of repercussion

repercussive, adjective

Word Origin for repercussion

C16: from Latin repercussiō, from repercutere to strike back; see percussion
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