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knock-on effect

Definition:

a secondary or incidental effect

Class:

phenomenon noun (natural phenomena)

Usage:

Britain

Plural:

knock-on effects

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

knock-on + effect
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Unintended consequences | unanticipated consequences | unforeseen consequences

outcomes that are not the ones intended by a purposeful action. The concept has long existed but was named and popularised in the 20th century by American sociologist Robert K. Merton. Unintended consequences can be roughly grouped into three types: A ... (41 of 2804 words, 1 image)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Unintended consequences

Collins Dictionary:

knock-on effect [British]

something that results inevitably but indirectly from another event or circumstance (11 of 347 words, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/knock-on-effect

Random House Dictionary:

chain reaction | knock-on effect [British]

[physics] a self-sustaining reaction in which the fission of nuclei of one ... | [chemistry] a reaction that results in a product necessary for the ... (24 of 73 words, 3 definitions)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/chain-reaction

Cambridge Dictionary:

knock-on effect [British]

When an event or situation has a knock-on effect, it causes other events or situations but not directly (18 of 44 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/knock-on-effect

Wiktionary:

knock-on effect | knock-on effects [plural] | dieseling [synonym, sense-specific]

[British] The continued running of an engine after the ignition has been turned off; dieseling. | [British] A secondary, often unintended effect. (21 of 30 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/knock-on effect

New World Dictionary:

knock-on effect [British]

a subsidiary or indirect effect (5 of 7 words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/knock-on-effect

Merriam-Webster:

upshot | outcome [synonym] | aftereffect [synonym] | aftermath [synonym] | backwash [synonym] | child [synonym] | conclusion [synonym] | consequence [synonym] | corollary [synonym] | ...

the final result; "outcome" (4 of 118 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/upshot

Britannica Encyclopedia:

event [occurrence]

notion that became of singular importance in the philosophical speculation about relativity physics. The best-known analyses are those of the ... (20 of 71 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/197129​/event

Oxford Dictionary:

upshot

Syllabification: (up·shot) | [singular] | the final or eventual outcome or conclusion of a discussion, action, or series of events (18 of 60 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/upshot

upshot [singular]

the final or eventual outcome or conclusion of a discussion, action, or series of events (15 of 57 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/upshot

Macmillan British Dictionary:

upshot | the upshot of something

"the upshot (of something)": the result of a process or an event (12 of 41 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/upshot

American Heritage Dictionary:

upshot

The final result; the outcome. | The central idea or point; gist. (11 of 28 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/upshot

Encarta Dictionary:

upshot

the end result of something (5 of 21 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861708660​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

knock-on effect | knock-on effects [plural]

Origin: knock-on + effect

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/knock-on effect

effect | effected [past tense] | effecting [present participle] | effects [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: For noun: from Old French effet (French: effet), from Latin effectus, from efficiō ("accomplish, complete, effect"); see effect as a verb.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/effect

Online Etymology:

effect

First use: late 14th century

Origin: "a result", from Old French efet (13th century, Mod.French effet) "result, execution, completion, ending", from Latin effectus ... (20 of 63 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=effect

Oxford Dictionary:

effect | bring | carry | effects

Origin: late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin effectus, from efficere "accomplish", from ex- "out, thoroughly" + ... (18 of 38 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/effect

American Heritage Dictionary:

effect | effected [past tense] | effecting [present participle] | effects [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin effectus, from past participle of efficere, to accomplish: ex-, ex- + ... (18 of 25 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/effect

New World Dictionary:

effect

Origin: Middle English from Old French (& Latin) from Latin effectus, originally, past participle of efficere, to bring to pass, accomplish from ... (21 of 25 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/effect

Collins Dictionary:

effect

First use: 14th century

Origin: from Latin effectus a performing, tendency, from efficere to accomplish, from facere to do

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/effect

Merriam-Webster:

effect [entry 1, noun]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-French and Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin effectus, from efficere to bring about, from ex- + facere to make, do

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/effect

Encarta Dictionary:

effect | effects [plural] | effected [past tense] | effecting [present participle]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Directly or via French from Latin effectus from efficere "accomplish" from facere "make, do"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861607586​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Cambridge Dictionary:

knock-on effect [British]

Audio: British English pronunuciation of "knock-on effect"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/knock-on-effect

YourDictionary Audio:

knock-on effect

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "knock-on effect"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/knock-on-effect

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