given to, marked by, or concerned with meditation or deliberation: a reflective person.
Origin of reflective
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
First recorded in 1620–30; reflect
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physics a measure of the ability of a surface to reflect radiation, equal to the reflectance of a layer of material sufficiently thick for the reflectance not to depend on the thickness
Also called: reflectiveness the quality or capability of being reflective
Derived Formsreflectively, adverb
characterized by quiet thought or contemplation
capable of reflectinga reflective surface
produced by reflection
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Word Origin and History for reflectivity
1620s, from reflect + -ive. Related: Reflectively; reflectiveness.
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Of, relating to, produced by, or resulting from reflection.
Capable of or producing reflection.
Characterized by or given to meditation or contemplation; thoughtful.
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