Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An often indirect effect, influence, or result that is produced by an event or action.
  • n. A recoil, rebounding, or reciprocal motion after impact.
  • n. A reflection, especially of sound.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A consequence or ensuing result of some action.
  • n. The act of driving back, or the state of being driven back; reflection; reverberation.
  • n. Rapid reiteration of the same sound.
  • n. The subsidence of a tumour or eruption by the action of a repellent.
  • n. In a vaginal examination, the act of imparting through the uterine wall with the finger a shock to the foetus, so that it bounds upward, and falls back again against the examining finger.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of driving back, or the state of being driven back; reflection; reverberation.
  • n. Rapid reiteration of the same sound.
  • n. The subsidence of a tumor or eruption by the action of a repellent.
  • n. In a vaginal examination, the act of imparting through the uterine wall with the finger a shock to the fetus, so that it bounds upward, and falls back again against the examining finger.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of driving back; a rebounding or reflection; the throwing back of a moving body by another upon which it impinges; reverberation.
  • n. In music:
  • n. That tone in a Gregorian mode which is most frequently repeated; the dominant.
  • n. The reappearance of the subject and answer of a fugue in regular order after the general development with its episodes.
  • n. Any reiteration or repetition of a tone or chord.
  • n. In obstetrics, the impinging of the fetus upon the examining finger in the test for pregnancy known as ballottement.
  • n. In surgery, the force causing a contrafissure.
  • n. In med,., the disappearance of an eruption or of a tumor as a result of an external application.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a movement back from an impact
  • n. a remote or indirect consequence of some action

Etymologies

Middle English repercussioun, from Old French repercussion, from Latin repercussiō, repercussiōn-, from repercussus, past participle of repercutere, to cause to rebound : re-, re- + percutere, to strike; see percuss.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin repercussio ("rebounding; repercussion"), from repercutio ("cause to rebound, reflect, strike against"), from re- + percutio ("beat, strike"), from per- ("thoroughly") + quatio ("shake"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • No, you will likely face serious repercussion from the sovereign of that nation.

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  • Another unpredictable repercussion is that the far political right will start to come to life the way it did when Clinton was President, only worse.

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  • S. COHEN: Well, the word repercussion and participating in terrorism in this case is that you get away with it, because there is no real punishment here.

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  • That, to me is the longer term repercussion of the accident and while I think that's worth something, I really don't know how much.

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  • As we said before, we're not lawyers and we have no idea how this will be interpreted by a judge, but NVIDIA's counter-argument is interesting and could be a strong leverage, especially if it has short-term repercussion on Intel's integrated graphics, a key feature in the popular low-cost segment.

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  • When things are going on that have a strong vibration -- what foreign correspondents love to call a "repercussion" -- they cause a good deal of mind-quaking.

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  • We may still notice a "repercussion" of words from one coxcomb to another; though somehow the words have been changed or translated.

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