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[uhn-ri-flek-tiv] /ˌʌn rɪˈflɛk tɪv/
not reflective; thoughtless; lacking in due deliberation; heedless; rash:
a sweeping, unreflective pessimism.
Origin of unreflective
First recorded in 1850-55; un-1 + reflective
Related forms
unreflectively, adverb Unabridged
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  • Then with an unreflective inspiration: “Did you ever read about Launcelot and Guinevere?”

    The Flaw in the Sapphire Charles M. Snyder
  • Let it not for a moment be supposed that men such as those we speak of are weak and unreflective.

    Character Samuel Smiles
  • Logical conduct is, then, conduct which aims to remove ambiguity and inhibition in unreflective conduct.

    Creative Intelligence John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen
  • They are the spontaneous expression of careless, wanton, unreflective youth.

  • He had a curious singleness of purpose, as unreasoning and unreflective as an animal in search of food.

    The Debtor Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • A correlate to the unreflective impersonal judgment is found in early custom.

  • The old, old problem forces itself on the most unreflective mind at every turn in the gay streets of Udaipur.

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
  • He could only fall in with her unreflective mood and leave the dreadful truth to its own evil time.

British Dictionary definitions for unreflective


not reflective or thoughtful; rash; unthinking
Derived Forms
unreflectively, adverb
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