- (of a verb) taking a subject and object with identical referents, as shave in I shave myself.
- (of a pronoun) used as an object to refer to the subject of a verb, as myself in I shave myself.
- reflex; responsive.
- able to reflect; reflective.
- noting a relation in which each element is in relation to itself, as the relation “less than or equal to.”Compare antireflexive.
- (of a vector space) having the property that the dual space of the dual space of the given vector space equals the given vector space.
- Grammar. a reflexive verb or pronoun.
Origin of reflexive
Examples from the Web for reflexive
In recent Republican congressional primaries, the rank-and-file has voted “no” to reflexive interventionism.Obama Is the New Dubya
June 17, 2014
There have been reflexive attempts to associate some recent mass shooters with the right-wing politics of incitement.Hatriot Politics Created the Las Vegas Killers
June 10, 2014
It would be a reflexive resort to ideological self-satisfaction.Democrats Must Run on Obamacare in November
March 17, 2014
There is a history here that makes a reflexive negative response to a military coup understandable.A Coup to Celebrate
July 5, 2013
So I now have this sort of reflexive flinch when the jobs report comes out, as I half-expect a big blow to fall.The Slow, Grinding Repair of the American Labor Market
May 3, 2013
And reflexive: con him land geare, knows the land well, 2063; pl.Beowulf
The termination uba is that of the third person of reflexive verbs.The Maya Chronicles
Farrell could not have said, later, whether his next move was planned or reflexive.Control Group
The compound personal pronouns have two uses, reflexive and emphatic.
You can readily distinguish between the reflexive and the emphatic use.
- denoting a class of pronouns that refer back to the subject of a sentence or clause. Thus, in the sentence that man thinks a great deal of himself, the pronoun himself is reflexive
- denoting a verb used transitively with the reflexive pronoun as its direct object, as the French se lever "to get up" (literally "to raise oneself") or English to dress oneself
- physiol of or relating to a reflex
- logic maths (of a relation) holding between any member of its domain and itself"… is a member of the same family as …" is reflexive Compare irreflexive, nonreflexive
- a reflexive pronoun or verb
Word Origin and History for reflexive
1580s, "reflective, capable of bending or turning back," from Medieval Latin reflexivus, from Late Latin reflexus (see reflect). Meaning "of the nature of a reflex" is from 1839 (implied in reflexively). Grammatical sense from 1837. Related: Reflexiveness; reflexivity.
- Of or relating to a mathematical or logical relation such that, for any given element, that element has the given relation to itself. Equality in mathematics is a reflexive relation, since a = a for all a, whereas the relation of being 'less than' is not, since it is not true that a < a for any a.