inter-active

interactive

[in-ter-ak-tiv]
adjective
1.
acting one upon or with the other.
2.
of or pertaining to a two-way system of electronic communications, as by means of television or computer: interactive communications between families using two-way cable television.
3.
(of a computer program or system) interacting with a human user, often in a conversational way, to obtain data or commands and to give immediate results or updated information: For many years airline reservations have been handled by interactive computer systems.

Origin:
1825–35; inter- + active

interactively, adverb
noninteractive, adjective
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interactive (ˌɪntərˈæktɪv)
 
adj
1.  allowing or relating to continuous two-way transfer of information between a user and the central point of a communication system, such as a computer or television
2.  (of two or more persons, forces, etc) acting upon or in close relation with each other; interacting
 
interac'tivity
 
n

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interactive definition


If users receive real-time feedback from a computer so that they can modify the use of the machine, the hardware, software, or content, the system is said to be interactive.

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