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reflective

[ri-flek-tiv]
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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Examples from the Web for reflectiveness

Historical Examples

  • I have a great vein of reflection or reflectiveness—which is it, Dolly?

    Tony Butler

    Charles James Lever

  • They are wanting in geniality, and apparently wanting in reflectiveness.

  • In style and in reflectiveness it is, I think, your chef duvre.

  • The reflectiveness of the elegy does not take the direction of philosophy.

  • An expression of awe and reflectiveness veiled the sharpness of his features.

    The Pioneers

    Katharine Susannah Prichard


British Dictionary definitions for reflectiveness

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 reflectiveness

reflective

adj.

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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

reflectiveness 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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