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  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

Synonyms for reflective

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Historical Examples of reflectively

  • She looked at me reflectively, and said, after a pause, "Because I see it so."

    De Libris: Prose and Verse

    Austin Dobson

  • Peter looked at Linda reflectively and then he told her that he could see it.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • "I reckon maybe some of us might help," remarked Mr. Watts, reflectively.

  • "He's been runnin' lawn mowers all summer," observed Jim reflectively.

  • "It is enormously important, I grant--enormously," he repeated, reflectively.

British Dictionary definitions for reflectively


  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 reflectively



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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

reflectively in Medicine


  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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