[ ri-flek-siv ]
/ rɪˈflɛk sɪv /
- (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.
able to reflect; reflective.
- 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.
Grammar. a reflexive verb or pronoun.
Words nearby reflexive
Origin of reflexive
OTHER WORDS FROM reflexive
re·flex·ive·ly, adverbre·flex·ive·ness, re·flex·iv·i·ty [ree-flek-siv-i-tee] /ˌri flɛkˈsɪv ɪ ti/, nounsem·i·re·flex·ive, adjectivesem·i·re·flex·ive·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for reflexiveness
There is an interesting discussion of the reflexiveness of infinite wholes in the first of Galileo's Dialogues on Motion.
British Dictionary definitions for reflexiveness
/ (rɪˈflɛksɪv) /
denoting a class of pronouns that refer back to the subject of a sentence or clause. Thus, in the sentence that man thinks a great deal of himself, the pronoun himself is reflexive
denoting a verb used transitively with the reflexive pronoun as its direct object, as the French se lever "to get up" (literally "to raise oneself") or English to dress oneself
physiol of or relating to a reflex
a reflexive pronoun or verb
Derived forms of reflexivereflexively, adverbreflexiveness or reflexivity (ˌriːflɛkˈsɪvɪtɪ), noun
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Scientific definitions for reflexiveness
[ rĭ-flĕk′sĭv ]
Of or relating to a mathematical or logical relation such that, for any given element, that element has the given relation to itself. Equality in mathematics is a reflexive relation, since a = a for all a, whereas the relation of being 'less than' is not, since it is not true that a < a for any a.
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