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reactive

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adjective re·ac·tive \rē-ˈak-tiv\

Simple Definition of reactive

  • : done in response to a problem or situation : reacting to problems when they occur instead of doing something to prevent them

  • chemistry : tending to change into something else when mixed with another substance

Full Definition of reactive

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or marked by reaction or reactance

  2. 2 a :  readily responsive to a stimulus b :  occurring as a result of stress or emotional upset <reactive depression>

re·ac·tive·ly adverb
re·ac·tive·ness noun
re·ac·tiv·i·ty play \(ˌ)rē-ˌak-ˈti-və-tē\ noun

Examples of reactive

  1. The government's response to the problem was reactive rather than proactive.



1794

First Known Use of reactive

1794

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reactive

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adjective re·ac·tive \rē-ˈak-tiv\

Medical Definition of reactive

  1. 1a:  of, relating to, or marked by reaction <reactive symptoms> <a reactive process>b:  capable of reacting chemically <highly reactive materials>

  2. 2a:  readily responsive to a stimulus <the skin of the geriatric is less reactive than that of younger persons—Louis Tuft>b:  occurring as a result of stress or emotional upset especially from factors outside the organism <reactive depression>




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