- (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
OTHER WORDS FROM reflexive
How to use reflexive in a sentence
She does not mean, as people to her left reflexively seem to think she means, going bombs away.
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
Each of us backed away reflexively, as though closing the door of an occupied bathroom.
This happens only three times in our two hours in that room: There are three questions he wants to answer slowly, not reflexively.
On its screen appeared Curt Andrews, bright young assistant account man, reflexively simulating activity at his desk.Telempathy|Vance Simonds
The personal pronouns are not often used reflexively, however, when they are direct objects.An English Grammar|W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell
He never talked reflexively––rare attribute in a college man––and, moreover, curiosity never throve well in his presence.A Breath of Prairie and other stories|Will Lillibridge
Jason's and Meta's guns appeared reflexively in their hands as they read the message.Deathworld|Harry Harrison
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