The relevant ODO definition of repercussion [n] is:

1 (usually repercussions): An unintended consequence of an event or action, especially an unwelcome one.

The caveat means that a negative denotation is often intended / inferred, and surely that there is at least a negative connotation. Is there a word with the meaning 'positive consequences'?

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    The meaning of repercussions is not "a series of bad events" - so your question is not clear. Mar 16, 2017 at 22:21
  • @michael.hor257k - according to the OED the meaning of 'repercussion' is "...A return of any kind of action, a responsive act, a resulting effect or implication; an undesired or unintended consequence". This is how I understand the word - usually suggesting something unwanted.
    – Dan
    Mar 16, 2017 at 23:23
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    @DipeshBhanadari Please provide some context to your question - as it stands, it's too broad and there are many possible answers, for example: rewards, benefits, perks, bonuses, blessings, advantages and others. Mar 16, 2017 at 23:24
  • @Dan I do know what the meaning of repercussion is, thank you. Mar 16, 2017 at 23:25
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    Both 'The meaning of repercussions is not "a series of bad events" ' and 'a repercussion is "an undesired consequence" ' are selective statements and thus violate the Gricean maxim of quantity (and probably that of quality too). The word has different and partly conflicting senses. And certainly carries at least a connotation of bad consequences. Mar 17, 2017 at 10:00

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You should consider fluke.


fluke NOUN

An unlikely chance occurrence, especially a surprising piece of luck.
‘their triumph was no fluke’



something that happens unexpectedly because of an accident or good luck

I think their last win was just a fluke.

Also, serendipity.


serendipity NOUN

The occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.

‘a series of small serendipities’


The knock-on advantages.

Knock-on - Being a secondary or indirect consequence of another action, occurrence, or event (OED).


the consequential advantages.

Consequential - Of the nature of a consequence or sequel; following, esp. as an effect or result (OED).

  • 'Positive consequences' is better if more than one word is allowed. And Lawrence came up with 'benefits'. Mar 16, 2017 at 23:59
  • @EdwinAshworth - My answer is offered as a possible solution. If you think your ideas 'better' why not post them as an answer? To my mind, 'benefit' is not the operative word here (and I have deleted it from my answer). The sense sought by the OP, as he expressed it, is not 'benefit' (unqualified), but 'positive consequences'. Your 'better' solution simply echoes the OP - who is wanting ideas other than his own. – Dan 13 mins ago
    – Dan
    Mar 17, 2017 at 1:29

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