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The business world reflects the disturbance of war's reaction.

Her eyes were blazing with an anger the more fierce in that some of it was reaction.

I found him under the influence of that reaction which follows the effort of crime.

I was sure only that they had been through an ordeal and were feeling the reaction.

Then it was that the reaction in favour of Narcisse set in; the boulevards could not stand this.

Such is the magical action and reaction of minds upon each other.

He himself would have told you he was simply the reaction from his mother.

We must now glance at the forces of reaction, the recoil to fact.

It was really the reaction from that effort that sent Hermione from the island that evening.

The reaction, indeed, was restrained; but so also was the movement of reform.

WORD ORIGIN

"action in resistance or response to another action or power," 1610s, from re- "again, anew" + action (q.v.). Modeled on French réaction, older Italian reattione, from Medieval Latin reactionem (nominative reactio), noun of action formed in Late Latin from past participle stem of Latin reagere "react," from re- "back" + agere "to do, act" (see act (v.)).

Originally scientific; physiological sense is attested from 1805; psychological sense first recorded 1887; general sense of "action or feeling in response" (to a statement, event, etc.) is recorded from 1914. Reaction time, "time elapsing between the action of an external stimulus and the giving of a signal in reply," attested by 1874.

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