- (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.
Origin of reflexive
Examples from the Web for reflexively
Contemporary Examples of reflexively
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
July 26, 2014
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
May 31, 2014
This happens only three times in our two hours in that room: There are three questions he wants to answer slowly, not reflexively.The Stacks: The True Greatness of Muhammad Ali
February 23, 2014
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
February 22, 2014
Republicans could once be counted on to reflexively support and boost defense spending, but no more.Can Washington Stop the Next Shutdown?
December 3, 2013
Historical Examples of reflexively
Reflexively, he whirled and crouched, gun flickering into his hand.The Ties That Bind
She looked away and reflexively reached toward the delete button.Makers
On its screen appeared Curt Andrews, bright young assistant account man, reflexively simulating activity at his desk.Telempathy
Both dremen (to dream) and meten (also to dream) are sometimes used with a dative case and reflexively in Old English.
1580s, "reflective, capable of bending or turning back," from Medieval Latin reflexivus, from Late Latin reflexus (see reflect). Meaning "of the nature of a reflex" is from 1839 (implied in reflexively). Grammatical sense from 1837. Related: Reflexiveness; reflexivity.