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reactionarynoun [C]

uk   /riˈæk.ʃən.ər.i/  us   /riˈæk.ʃən.er.i/ disapproving
a person who is opposed to political or social change or new ideas: Reactionaries are preventing reforms.
reactionary
adjective uk   us  
Reactionary forces/elements in the industry are preventing its progress towards greater efficiency.
(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 opposes political or social change
reactionary
adjective [not gradable]  us   /riˈæk·ʃəˌner·i/
Reactionary forces opposed to the president’s reforms could move to oust him.
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