Reflexive Definition

rĭ-flĕksĭv
adjective
Having to do with the act or process of reflecting.
Webster's New World
Directed back on itself.
American Heritage
Automatic, habitual, unthinking, etc.
A smile that seemed merely reflexive, not heartfelt.
Webster's New World
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.
Webster's New World
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”)
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
self-referentreflexautomatic
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noun
A reflexive verb or pronoun.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Reflexive

Noun

Singular:
reflexive
Plural:
reflexives

Origin of Reflexive

  • From Medieval Latin reflexivus, from Latin reflexus.

    From Wiktionary

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