ripple effect

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ripple effect

The continuing impact that one thing or event has on others. She always hoped that the kindness she showed others would have a positive ripple effect through her community. Many people believe that the flapping of a butterfly's wings can cause a ripple effect that impacts weather patterns hundreds of miles away.
See also: effect, ripple

a ˈripple effect

a situation in which an event or action has an effect on something, which then has an effect on something else: His resignation will have a ripple effect on the whole department.
A ripple is a small wave on the surface of a liquid, especially water in a lake, etc.
See also: effect, ripple
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The big benefit for this client, will be complete production visibility throughout the plant," said Vasu Netrakanti, Vice President of Research and Development "Management will now have a tool to assess the ripple effect that changes to the schedule have on material, order completion times, and resource utilization.
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The ripple effects of even 100 good paying jobs disappearing are substantial.
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