- The definition of reflexive is thinking deeply, or is a grammatical structure where the subject and object are the same person or thing and the verb is directed back at the subject.
- An example of something reflexive is a piece of art which makes the viewer ponder life.
- An example of a reflexive construction is in the phrase "Toby hurt himself."
reflexive definition by Webster's New World
- having to do with the act or process of reflecting
- of or having to do with a thematic concern in a work of art, writing, etc., with the creative process of making or appreciating that work
- designating or expressing a grammatical relation in which a verb's subject and an object in the sentence refer to the same person or thing, serving to indicate that the action of the verb is directed back to the subject (Ex.: “Gary hurt himself,” “Jane threw a party for herself”)
- designating a verb, pronoun, etc. in such a relation
Origin: Midieval Latin reflexivus
a reflexive verb or pronoun
reflexive definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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- Directed back on itself.
- Grammar a. Of, relating to, or being a verb having an identical subject and direct object, as dressed in the sentence She dressed herself.b. Of, relating to, or being the pronoun used as the direct object of a reflexive verb, as herself in She dressed herself.
- Of or relating to a reflex.
- Elicited automatically; spontaneous: “a bid for . . . reflexive left-wing approval” (Marshall Delaney).
A reflexive verb or pronoun. See Usage Note at myself.
- re·flexˈive·ly adverb
- re·flexˈive·ness, reˌflex·ivˈi·ty noun
reflexive - Science Definition
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.