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
Full Definition of reflexive
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 : of, relating to, or constituting an action (as in “he perjured himself”) directed back on the agent or the grammatical subject
4 : characterized by habitual and unthinking behavior
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
Definition of reflexive
First Known Use of reflexive
Medical Definition of reflexive
: characterized by habitual and unthinking behavior; also : relating to or consisting of a reflex
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