- (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 reflexively
Then the grenade detonated, and he reflexively fired off “a couple” of shots in the chaos.‘Kill Team’: The Documentary the Army Doesn’t Want You to See
July 26, 2014
Do that too reflexively (and for too long) and Maleficent is what you end up with.The Ghastly ‘Maleficent’ and Why It’s Time For Hollywood to Kill the Dark Reboot
May 31, 2014
This happens only three times in our two hours in that room: There are three questions he wants to answer slowly, not reflexively.The Stacks: The True Greatness of Muhammad Ali
February 23, 2014
We Westerners reflexively trust elections, and we do not hesitate to recommend them to others who know better.The Real Crisis in Thailand is the Coming Royal Succession
February 22, 2014
Republicans could once be counted on to reflexively support and boost defense spending, but no more.Can Washington Stop the Next Shutdown?
December 3, 2013
Reflexively, he whirled and crouched, gun flickering into his hand.The Ties That Bind
She looked away and reflexively reached toward the delete button.Makers
On its screen appeared Curt Andrews, bright young assistant account man, reflexively simulating activity at his desk.Telempathy
Both dremen (to dream) and meten (also to dream) are sometimes used with a dative case and reflexively in Old English.
- 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 reflexively
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.