- (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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Example sentences from the Web for reflexive
Then the grenade detonated, and he reflexively fired off “a couple” of shots in the chaos.‘Kill Team’: The Documentary the Army Doesn’t Want You to See|Andrew Romano|July 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Do that too reflexively (and for too long) and Maleficent is what you end up with.The Ghastly ‘Maleficent’ and Why It’s Time For Hollywood to Kill the Dark Reboot|Andrew Romano|May 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This happens only three times in our two hours in that room: There are three questions he wants to answer slowly, not reflexively.
We Westerners reflexively trust elections, and we do not hesitate to recommend them to others who know better.The Real Crisis in Thailand is the Coming Royal Succession|Somchai Samizdat|February 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Republicans could once be counted on to reflexively support and boost defense spending, but no more.
On its screen appeared Curt Andrews, bright young assistant account man, reflexively simulating activity at his desk.Telempathy|Vance Simonds
Reflexively, he whirled and crouched, gun flickering into his hand.The Ties That Bind|Walter Miller
Both dremen (to dream) and meten (also to dream) are sometimes used with a dative case and reflexively in Old English.Chaucer's Works, Volume 5 (of 7) -- Notes to the Canterbury Tales|Geoffrey Chaucer
She looked away and reflexively reached toward the delete button.Makers|Cory Doctorow