Definition of reaction
- her stunned reaction to the news
- critical reaction to the play
Their reaction to the news was positive.
When I told him what happened, his immediate reaction was one of shock.
The announcement produced an angry reaction from most of the people at the meeting.
My first reaction when I met him was not to trust him.
There hasn't yet been much reaction to the announcement.
There has been strong reaction against the government's policies.
A good driver has quick reactions.
The speed of his reactions saved his life.
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: the way someone acts or feels in response to something that happens, is said, etc.
: an action or attitude that shows disagreement with or disapproval of someone or something
reactions : the ability to act and move quickly in order to avoid sudden danger
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