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active duty

1. Current, full-time service in the military. My son is in the army, and I worry so much when he's on active duty.
2. By extension, full-time service in another area of life. I'm still on active duty until I retire at the end of the month.
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active shooter

A perpetrator (of a potential mass shooting) who is actively shooting at people, typically targeting victims in a crowded and confined space. If there is a report of an active shooter, police aim to respond within minutes. The police were quick to respond to the active shooter situation and disarm the attacker.
See also: active, shooter

on active duty

Serving in the military full time, especially being in or prepared to go into battle. My son is in the army, and I worry so much when he's on active duty. After being on active duty for so long, I don't feel fully comfortable being a civilian anymore.
See also: active, duty, on

on active duty

in battle or ready to go into battle. (Military.) The soldier was on active duty for ten months. That was a long time to be on active duty.
See also: active, duty, on

active duty

Full-time service, as in Julian is 81, but he still comes to the office every day and is very much on active duty . This term comes from the military, where it stands in opposition to reserve, which refers to troops still in the military but not actively engaged. It is occasionally transferred to civilian matters as well. [First half of 1800s]
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First, managerial perceptions of customers' environmental activeness entail perceptions of customers' actual demand for green products, customers' engagement in actively searching out green products, customers' willingness to invest in premium priced green products and customers' readiness to adapt existing daily routines in order to preserve the environment.
The multi-scale items we used to measure attendees' activeness in sports were taken from Lumpkin and Darden (1982).
As can be seen, only the model including the variable Dynamism and activeness (model 3) showed a statistically significant reduction in the log likelihood (log likelihood model 3--log likelihood of model 4 = 5.
The state's activeness in supporting innovation and other opportunities for innovation are observed, as are the readiness of companies to invest in innovation and the readiness of businesses to co-operate in the name of innovation amongst themselves and with the public sector.
He also praised the Sultanate's Scouts and Guides for their activeness and enthusiasm towards promoting the scouting and guiding work.
Italy, China, United Arab Emirates and the Netherlands are among the main foreign countries that will showcase their recent activeness in the related field, he added.
This campaign stands out for its pluralism, openness and the activeness of the citizens," an election official told the AFP news agency, requesting anonymity.
Trading remained thin as the trading volume was below the 3 trillion yen mark, an index indicating activeness of the market, for the 17th straight days.
The book singles out the precision with which peasants kept accounts (using both rubles and kopecks) as a sign of their new activeness in markets (85), but peasants had been that precise since the eighteenth century.
of Kansas) with help from colleagues and parents, discusses ways to include children with the disability in general classrooms despite social difficulties that may range from social withdrawal and detachment to unskilled social activeness.
For the entire sample, correlations revealed that alcohol abuse was significantly associated with the following variables: GPA, activeness of faith in religion, and social support.
Paul's language transcends the classification of persuasive rhetoric and demonstrates the activeness of God in the human social world.
The activeness of hedge funds explains their popularity.
Following are the construct measures examined: arousal-seeking tendency, attitude toward business ethics, motivation to conform, political and economic conservatism, coping with life, ethnocentrism, fashion consciousness, femininity, generosity, susceptibility to interpersonal influence, involvement with education, masculinity, materialism, patriotism, possessiveness, attitude toward product quality, attitude toward government regulation of business, risk aversion in product usage, risk taking in purchasing, self-concept, self-confidence, self-esteem, activeness in sports, enthusiasm for sports, time management, time pressure, venturesomeness, acceptance of authority, and motivation to work.
Hejinian writes from a specific domestic spot and with a keen awareness of the activeness of things, to the point where objects are often personified.