The definition of a ramification is an effect that came from a specific action.
An example of a ramification is having trouble getting a job after quitting college.
- a ramifying or being ramified; specif., the arrangement of branches or offshoots, as on a plant
- the result of ramifying; specif.,
- a branch or offshoot
- a derived effect, consequence, or result: the ramifications of an act
Origin of ramificationMiddle French from past participle of Medieval Latin ramificare
- A development or consequence growing out of and sometimes complicating a problem, plan, or statement: the ramifications of a court decision.
- a. The act or process of branching out or dividing into branches.b. A subordinate part extending from a main body; a branch.c. An arrangement of branches or branching parts.
- (botany, anatomy) A branching-out, the act or result of developing branches; specifically the divergence of the stem and limbs of a plant into smaller ones, or of similar developments in blood vessels, anatomical structures etc.
- An offshoot of a decision, fact etc.; a consequence or implication, especially one which complicates a situation.
- (mathematics) An arrangement of branches.
From Middle French ramification, or its source, the participle stem of Latin ramificare.