- Also called reflex act . movement caused by a reflex response.
- Also called reflex action. the entire physiological process activating such movement.
verb (used with object)
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Origin of reflex
OTHER WORDS FROM reflexre·flex·ly, adverbre·flex·ness, nounmul·ti·re·flex, nounsem·i·re·flex, noun
Example sentences from the Web for reflex
But when a serial sex predator is playing fanboy, the gag reflex kicks in.Sleazy Billionaire’s Double Life Featured Beach Parties With Stephen Hawking|M.L. Nestel|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
While this deferred action is controversial in the United States, in Mexico, what Obama did is universally popular.Why Mexicans Are Enraged by Obama’s Big Tuesday Meeting|Ruben Navarrette Jr.|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
This is where much of the action will be for anti-LGBT groups.
In 2008, Huckabee raised a little over $16 million, with less than $55,000 coming from political action committees.
The possibility that the same outcome could happen another way -- namely a guy asks me out -- keeps me from taking action.Random Hook-Ups or Dry Spells: Why Millennials Flunk College Dating|Ellie Schaack|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Let the thought of self pass in, and the beauty of great action is gone, like the bloom from a soiled flower.
He saw Gen. Braddock as he passed on to his defeat, and could give a succinct account of that sanguinary action.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
The wisdom of a scribe cometh by his time of leisure: and he that is less in action, shall receive wisdom.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
Words are often everywhere as the minute-hands of the soul, more important than even the hour-hands of action.
The action was at first a little confusing to Edna, but she soon lent herself readily to the Creole's gentle caress.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
British Dictionary definitions for reflex
- an immediate involuntary response, esp one that is innate, such as coughing or removal of the hand from a hot surface, evoked by a given stimulus
- (as modifier)a reflex action See also reflex arc
- a mechanical response to a particular situation, involving no conscious decision
- (as modifier)a reflex response
Derived forms of reflexreflexible, adjectivereflexibility, noun
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An action or movement not controlled by conscious thought. A reflex may be anything from a hiccup to the involuntary response of a body part, such as the action that occurs in the knee-jerk reflex.