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  1. ripple effect(Noun)

    the effect of one event setting off other events in an unexpected way, or unexpected areas.

  2. Origin: by analogy with the spreading ripples on the surface of a body of water when a stone is thrown in.


  1. Ripple effect

    A ripple effect is a situation where, like the ever expanding ripples across water when an object is dropped into it, an effect from an initial state can be followed outwards incrementally. Examples can be found in economics where an individual's reduction in spending reduces the incomes of others and their ability to spend. In sociology, it can be observed how social interactions can affect situations not directly related to the initial interaction, and in charitable activities where information can be disseminated and passed from community to community to broaden its impact. The concept has been applied in computer science within the field of software metrics as a complexity measure.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ripple effect in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ripple effect in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Robin Gurwitch:

    There's a ripple effect for that event that touches many lives, and certainly that community was impacted as well.

  2. Doug Jacobson:

    It is going to have a large ripple effect. It's very significant to many companies both in the U.S. and (outside the) U.S..

  3. Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin:

    We can't be so consumed with the financial that we fail to appreciate the ripple effect of the real people that are involved.

  4. Alan Robertson:

    There's a ripple effect (into) office demand, the amount of trade hotels get, business activity, amount of flights, retail spend.

  5. Sunseap Managing Director Frank Phuan:

    We expect a ripple effect for organizations in Singapore to incorporate sustainability practices in their businesses, especially for listed companies.

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