I want to say that a particular effect may have negative consequences. I have used the word disastrous:

May have disastrous consequences.

However, it is too strong. I need another word. Any suggestion?

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    How about undesirable consequences? Commented Dec 15, 2013 at 17:35
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    ...what's so wrong about "negative consequences"? I'd say this is a very good middle ground.
    – SF.
    Commented Dec 16, 2013 at 15:25

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For negative consequences without sounding too strong, I'd like to suggest undesirable, i.e. undesirable consequences.

From Google,

adjective: undesirable
1. not wanted or desirable because harmful, objectionable, or unpleasant.

Other similar words: unpleasant, unwelcome, unwanted


You could call them unfortunate consequences.

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