reactionary Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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reactionarynoun [C]

uk   /riˈæk.ʃən.ər.i/  us   /-er-/ disapproving
a ​person who is ​opposed to ​political or ​socialchange or new ​ideas: Reactionaries are ​preventingreforms.
reactionary
adjective uk   us  
Reactionary forces/​elements in the ​industry are ​preventingitsprogress towards ​greaterefficiency.
(Definition of reactionary from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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reactionarynoun [C]

 us   /riˈæk·ʃəˌner·i/
social studies a ​person who ​opposespolitical or ​socialchange
reactionary
adjective [not gradable]  us   /riˈæk·ʃəˌner·i/
Reactionary ​forcesopposed to the president’s ​reforms could move to ​oust him.
(Definition of reactionary from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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