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reflective

[ri-flek-tiv]
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adjective
  1. that reflects; reflecting.
  2. of or relating to reflection.
  3. cast by reflection.
  4. given to, marked by, or concerned with meditation or deliberation: a reflective person.

Origin of reflective

First recorded in 1620–30; reflect + -ive
Related formsre·flec·tive·ly, adverbre·flec·tive·ness, re·flec·tiv·i·ty [ree-flek-tiv-i-tee] /ˌri flɛkˈtɪv ɪ ti/, nounan·ti·re·flec·tive, adjectivean·ti·re·flec·tive·ly, adverban·ti·re·flec·tive·ness, nounnon·re·flec·tive, adjectivenon·re·flec·tive·ly, adverbnon·re·flec·tive·ness, nouno·ver·re·flec·tive, adjectiveo·ver·re·flec·tive·ly, adverbo·ver·re·flec·tive·ness, nounself-re·flec·tive, adjective

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4. contemplative, thoughtful. See pensive.
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Examples from the Web for reflectively

Historical Examples

  • She looked at me reflectively, and said, after a pause, "Because I see it so."

    De Libris: Prose and Verse

    Austin Dobson

  • Peter looked at Linda reflectively and then he told her that he could see it.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • "I reckon maybe some of us might help," remarked Mr. Watts, reflectively.

  • "He's been runnin' lawn mowers all summer," observed Jim reflectively.

  • "It is enormously important, I grant--enormously," he repeated, reflectively.


British Dictionary definitions for reflectively

reflective

adjective
  1. characterized by quiet thought or contemplation
  2. capable of reflectinga reflective surface
  3. produced by reflection
Derived Formsreflectively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for reflectively

reflective

adj.

1620s, from reflect + -ive. Related: Reflectively; reflectiveness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

reflectively in Medicine

reflective

(rĭ-flĕktĭv)
adj.
  1. Of, relating to, produced by, or resulting from reflection.
  2. Capable of or producing reflection.
  3. Characterized by or given to meditation or contemplation; thoughtful.
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