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[ri-flek-tiv] /rɪˈflɛk tɪv/
of or relating to reflection.
cast by reflection.
given to, marked by, or concerned with meditation or deliberation:
a reflective person.
Origin of reflective
First recorded in 1620-30; reflect + -ive
Related forms
reflectively, adverb
reflectiveness, reflectivity
[ree-flek-tiv-i-tee] /ˌri flɛkˈtɪv ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
antireflective, adjective
antireflectively, adverb
antireflectiveness, noun
nonreflective, adjective
nonreflectively, adverb
nonreflectiveness, noun
overreflective, adjective
overreflectively, adverb
overreflectiveness, noun
self-reflective, adjective
4. contemplative, thoughtful. See pensive. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for reflectiveness
Historical Examples
  • At first glance that form would seem to be unsuitable for the expression of reflectiveness so deep as this.

  • I have a great vein of reflection or reflectiveness—which is it, Dolly?

    Tony Butler Charles James Lever
  • Again the narrative broke in a pause, and the bright, dark eyes of the Russian sobered into reflectiveness and pain.

    The Tempering Charles Neville Buck
  • They are wanting in geniality, and apparently wanting in reflectiveness.

  • In style and in reflectiveness it is, I think, your chef duvre.

  • It is this reflectiveness that has caused the attribution of the work to ateliers.

    Musical Portraits Paul Rosenfeld
  • An expression of awe and reflectiveness veiled the sharpness of his features.

    The Pioneers Katharine Susannah Prichard
  • His tendency to reflectiveness did not diminish his passion: it rather augmented it.

    Clara Hopgood Mark Rutherford
  • All his bearing showed his intellect, his reflectiveness, and his greatness, and was not devoid of a certain grace.

  • Symbols of reflectiveness passed into her face, and a note of tragedy at times into her voice.

British Dictionary definitions for reflectiveness


characterized by quiet thought or contemplation
capable of reflecting: a reflective surface
produced by reflection
Derived Forms
reflectively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for reflectiveness



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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reflectiveness in Medicine

reflective re·flec·tive (rĭ-flěk'tĭv)

  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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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