Ramification



[ram-uh-fi-key-shuh n] /ˌræm ə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/

noun
1.
the act or process of ramifying.
2.
a branch:
ramifications of a nerve.
3.
a related or derived subject, problem, etc.; outgrowth; consequence; implication:
The new tax law proved to have many ramifications unforeseen by the lawmakers.
4.
Botany.

/ˌræmɪfɪˈkeɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act or process of ramifying or branching out
2.
an offshoot or subdivision
3.
(often pl) a subsidiary consequence, esp one that complicates
4.
a structure of branching parts
n.

1670s, “a branching out,” from French ramification, from ramifier (see ramify). Transferred sense of “outgrowth, consequence” first recorded 1755. Related: Ramifications.

ramification ram·i·fi·ca·tion (rām’ə-fĭ-kā’shən)
n.
A branching shape or arrangement.

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