reactive

adjective

re·​ac·​tive rē-ˈak-tiv How to pronounce reactive (audio)
1
: of, relating to, or marked by reaction or reactance
2
a
: readily responsive to a stimulus
b
: occurring as a result of stress or emotional upset
reactive depression
reactively adverb
reactiveness noun

Examples of reactive in a Sentence

The government's response to the problem was reactive rather than proactive.
Recent Examples on the Web But the character is more reactive and less hellbent than either Gibson’s Max or Theron’s Furiosa. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 15 May 2024 In 2020, corporate diversity and inclusion were largely reactive. Byruth Umoh, Fortune, 8 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for reactive 

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Word History

First Known Use

1717, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of reactive was in 1717

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Cite this Entry

“Reactive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reactive. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

reactive

adjective
re·​ac·​tive rē-ˈak-tiv How to pronounce reactive (audio)
1
: of or relating to reaction
2
: reacting or tending to react
reactively adverb
reactiveness noun
reactivity noun

Medical Definition

reactive

adjective
re·​ac·​tive rē-ˈak-tiv How to pronounce reactive (audio)
1
a
: of, relating to, or marked by reaction
reactive symptoms
a reactive process
b
: capable of reacting chemically
highly reactive materials
2
a
: readily responsive to a stimulus
the skin of the geriatric is less reactive than that of younger personsLouis Tuft
b
: occurring as a result of stress or emotional upset especially from factors outside the organism
reactive depression

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