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ramification

美国发音:[.ræməfɪ'keɪʃ(ə)n]
英国发音:[.ræmɪfɪ'keɪʃ(ə)n] [n]
衍生物;结果,后果
分枝,分叉;分歧;分裂;分枝状;分枝式;分枝法
细节;分支
分枝;支流
分枝机构

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.