What does reactive mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. reactive(adj)

    participating readily in reactions

    "sodium is a reactive metal"; "free radicals are very reactive"

  2. reactive, responsive(adj)

    reacting to a stimulus

    "the skin of old persons is less reactive than that of younger persons"


  1. reactive(Adjective)

    that reacts or responds to a stimulus

  2. reactive(Adjective)

    that readily takes part in reactions

    francium is the most reactive of the alkali metals.

  3. reactive(Adjective)

    Characterized by induction or capacitance rather than resistance.

  4. reactive(Adjective)

    Reacting to the past rather than anticipating the future, not predictive.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reactive(adj)

    having power to react; tending to reaction; of the nature of reaction

  2. Origin: [Cf. F. ractif.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of reactive in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of reactive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Vicki Bryan:

    Reactive (strategy) is way more expensive than proactive.

  2. Donald Tusk:

    We must go beyond being reactive and defensive. As Europeans we must regain our self-confidence and realize our own strengths.

  3. Christian Ellis:

    So this product gives the officer another option in that scenario when it's not reactive, and they do have the time to put it on.

  4. Dan Kelly:

    Right now we are seeing an intensive influx of resources and it's a good example of a rapid response, but we need to be proactive, not reactive next time.

  5. Christian Ellis:

    It was actually created by a retired sheriff officer. He did not like the fact that people were being shot when the officers do have time (to consider options) but they had no other option in lethal force, so this product gives the officer another option in that scenario when it's not reactive, and they do have the time to put it on.

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