Definition of reflexive
- a reflexive novel
- the relation "is equal to" is reflexive but the relation "is the father of" is not
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
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to cause to suffer severely from hunger
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