reflective

[ri-flek-tiv]

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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Examples from the Web for reflectivity

Contemporary Examples of reflectivity

  • The melting of sea ice, which changes the reflectivity of the planet, is an example of that.

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    September 21, 2009

Historical Examples of reflectivity


British Dictionary definitions for reflectivity

reflectivity

noun
  1. 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
  2. Also called: reflectiveness the quality or capability of being reflective

reflective

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

1849, from reflective + -ity.

reflective

adj.

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

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reflectivity 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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