- 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."
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.
- having to do with the act or process of reflecting
- automatic, habitual, unthinking, etc.: a smile that seemed merely reflexive, not heartfelt
- of or having to do with a marked thematic concern in a work of fiction with the creative process employed in the composition of 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 of reflexiveMedieval Latin reflexivus
a reflexive verb or pronoun
- 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 &ellipsis; reflexive left-wing approval” (Marshall Delaney).
A reflexive verb or pronoun. See Usage Note at myself.
- re·flex′ive·ness, re′flex·iv′i·ty
- (grammar) Referring back to the subject, or having an object equal to the subject.
- (set theory) Of a relation R on a set S, such that xRx for all members x of S (that is, the relation holds between any element of the set and itself).
- "Equals" is a reflexive relation.
- Of or resulting from a reflex.
- The electric shock elicited an automatic and reflexive response from him.
- (figuratively) Producing immediate response, spontaneous.
- a reflexive dislike
- A reflexive pronoun.
From Medieval Latin reflexivus, from Latin reflexus.