a : directed or turned back on itself; also : overtly and usually ironically reflecting conventions of genre or form <a reflexive novel>
b : marked by or capable of reflection : reflective
: of, relating to, characterized by, or being a relation that exists between an entity and itself <the relation “is equal to” is reflexive but the relation “is the father of” is not>
: of, relating to, or constituting an action (as in “he perjured himself”) directed back on the agent or the grammatical subject
: characterized by habitual and unthinking behavior
— re·flex·ive·ly adverb
— re·flex·ive·ness noun
— re·flex·iv·i·ty \ˌrē-ˌflek-ˈsi-və-tē, ri-\ noun
Examples of REFLEXIVE
- In “I hurt myself,” the verb “hurt” is reflexive.
- In the sentence “We forced ourselves to finish the assignment,” the word “ourselves” is a reflexive pronoun.
- For many people, the reflexive response to this kind of demand is to say no.
- music that triggers reflexive toe tapping
Origin of REFLEXIVE
Medieval Latin reflexivus,
from Latin reflexus
First Known Use: 1640
First Known Use of REFLEXIVE
Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms
re·flex·ive adjective \ri-ˈflek-siv\ (Medical Dictionary)
: characterized by habitual and unthinking behavior; also : relating to or consisting of a reflex
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