- (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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How to use reflexive in a sentence
Although I didn’t know it at the time, my reflexive retreats into abstract realms was the nursery in which my individuality was fostered as a teenager.How I Escaped My Troubles Through Science - Issue 104: Harmony|Subodh Patil|August 25, 2021|Nautilus
It becomes distorted, and is untethered from the reflexive and generative environment in which it was created, and can be used to serve quite different purposes.Why Coalition, Not Allyship, Is the Necessary Next Step in the Racial Justice Movement|Suyin Haynes|June 22, 2021|Time
Counterfactual information generation allows a conscious agent to detach itself from the environment and perform non-reflexive behavior, such as waiting for three seconds before acting.Do You Want AI to Be Conscious? - Issue 102: Hidden Truths|Ryota Kanai|June 9, 2021|Nautilus
Taking a self-reflexive turn, she argued that high school oratory had become a race to one-up competitors with ever more harrowing personal stories.‘I’m Going to Say It From the Heart.’ America’s Reckoning on Race Has Come to High School Speech and Debate|Brian Seto McGrath|December 25, 2020|Time
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
The termination uba is that of the third person of reflexive verbs.The Maya Chronicles|Various
The intransitive form derives from the transitive by dropping a generalized, customary, reflexive or cognate object.Instigations|Ezra Pound
Alteration to hine would give a common reflexive use, rejoices; comp.
Her indignation at the woman who had supplanted her swept over her with a reflexive flush of heat.The City of Delight|Elizabeth Miller
I think I put out my hand, or made some other reflexive gesture to stop her, but either she failed to notice or misunderstood.Greener Than You Think|Ward Moore