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reflexive

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adjective re·flex·ive \ri-ˈflek-siv\

Simple Definition of reflexive

  • grammar : showing that the action in a sentence or clause happens to the person or thing that does the action

  • : happening or done without thinking as a reaction to something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of reflexive

  1. 1 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

  2. 2 :  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>

  3. 3 :  of, relating to, or constituting an action (as in “he perjured himself”) directed back on the agent or the grammatical subject

  4. 4 :  characterized by habitual and unthinking behavior

reflexively adverb
reflexiveness noun
reflexivity play \ˌrē-ˌflek-ˈsi-və-tē, ri-\ noun

Examples of reflexive in a sentence

  1. In I hurt myself, the verb hurt is reflexive.

  2. In the sentence We forced ourselves to finish the assignment, the word ourselves is a reflexive pronoun.

  3. For many people, the reflexive response to this kind of demand is to say no.

  4. music that triggers reflexive toe tapping



Origin of reflexive

Medieval Latin reflexivus, from Latin reflexus


First Known Use: 1640


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reflexive

noun re·flex·ive

Definition of reflexive



1866

First Known Use of reflexive

1866

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Medical Dictionary

reflexive

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adjective re·flex·ive \ri-ˈflek-siv\

Medical Definition of reflexive

  1. :  characterized by habitual and unthinking behavior; also :  relating to or consisting of a reflex




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