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the complicated and unexpected consequence of a situation, decision or action.
A ramification is the act of branching off into a number of divisions. However, ramifications usually mean the large number of complicated and unexpected results of an action or a decision. 'They did not foresee this ramification of their decision. This means that they did not expect this development resulting from their decision. A change for example in the policies of a government may have wide ramifications if the change is followed by some unexpected results.
- The government at first did not think of the ramifications of the proposed dam at this site on the environment. Only after conservation experts studied the problem, did the government understand how badly it might affect the environment.
- He thought of taking over the other company, but the thought of the ramifications of such a measure stopped him from going ahead. He was afraid that the step might result in unexpected bad consequences.