Reflexive meaning

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A reflexive pronoun.
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Elicited automatically; spontaneous.
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Directed back on itself.
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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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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."

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Of or relating to a reflex.
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A reflexive verb or pronoun.
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Having to do with the act or process of reflecting.
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Automatic, habitual, unthinking, etc.

A smile that seemed merely reflexive, not heartfelt.

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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.
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(grammar) Referring back to the subject, or having an object equal to the subject.
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(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.

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Of or resulting from a reflex.

The electric shock elicited an automatic and reflexive response from him.

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(figuratively) Producing immediate response, spontaneous.

A reflexive dislike.

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A reflexive verb or pronoun.
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Origin of reflexive

  • From Medieval Latin reflexivus, from Latin reflexus.

    From Wiktionary