- (of a verb) taking a subject and object with identical referents, as shave in I shave myself.
- (of a pronoun) used as an object to refer to the subject of a verb, as myself in I shave myself.
- noting a relation in which each element is in relation to itself, as the relation “less than or equal to.”Compare antireflexive.
- (of a vector space) having the property that the dual space of the dual space of the given vector space equals the given vector space.
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Origin of reflexive
OTHER WORDS FROM reflexive
Words nearby reflexive
Example sentences from the Web for reflexive
In recent Republican congressional primaries, the rank-and-file has voted “no” to reflexive interventionism.
There have been reflexive attempts to associate some recent mass shooters with the right-wing politics of incitement.
It would be a reflexive resort to ideological self-satisfaction.
There is a history here that makes a reflexive negative response to a military coup understandable.
So I now have this sort of reflexive flinch when the jobs report comes out, as I half-expect a big blow to fall.The Slow, Grinding Repair of the American Labor Market|Megan McArdle|May 3, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Farrell could not have said, later, whether his next move was planned or reflexive.Control Group|Roger Dee
A S ni negative; Dak ni prefix in nicha none and base of negative words in shni not combined with reflexive sa.The Dakotan Languages, and Their Relations to Other Languages|Andrew Woods Williamson
The impersonal, reflexive se is here used in an indefinite or general sense, meaning they, people.
Note that this verb requires the reflexive construction in Spanish.
Note the introduction of the reflexive pronoun to imply that the curiosity was aroused by what had been previously said.