[ ree-ak-tiv ]
/ riˈæk tɪv /
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tending to react.
pertaining to or characterized by reaction.
Electricity. pertaining to or characterized by reactance.
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OTHER WORDS FROM reactive
re·ac·tive·ly, adverbre·ac·tive·ness, nounan·ti·re·ac·tive, adjectivehy·per·re·ac·tive, adjective
non·re·ac·tive, adjectiveo·ver·re·ac·tive, adjectiveun·re·ac·tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for reactive
/ (rɪˈæktɪv) /
readily partaking in chemical reactionssodium is a reactive metal; free radicals are very reactive
of, concerned with, or having a reactance
responsive to stimulus
(of mental illnesses) precipitated by an external causereactive depression
Derived forms of reactivereactively, adverbreactivity (ˌriːækˈtɪvɪtɪ) or reactiveness, noun
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Medical definitions for reactive
[ rē-ăk′tĭv ]
Tending to be responsive or to react to a stimulus.
Characterized by reaction.
Tending to participate readily in chemical reactions.
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