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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.
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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 reflective

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  • Again the elder blew a reflective cloud over the merits of the question.

  • The Dublin people were gregarious and garrulous, and he was solitary and reflective.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • I like the reflective turn, no matter how beaten the path it may select for its exercise.

    A Day's Ride

    Charles James Lever

  • She, reflective, hesitated a moment then making up her mind bravely.

    Chance

    Joseph Conrad

  • It is better for mankind to be impressionable than reflective.

    Notes on My Books

    Joseph Conrad


British Dictionary definitions for reflective

reflective

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

adj.

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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

reflective 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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