self-re·​flec·​tive ˌself-ri-ˈflek-tiv How to pronounce self-reflective (audio)
: marked by or engaging in self-reflection

Examples of self-reflective in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Politics is an ugly game, and few who play it are self-reflective. David Cameron, Foreign Affairs, 11 Feb. 2020 Today, looking back at his early films and the overall arc of his career, the director seems refreshingly candid and self-reflective. Vulture, 3 May 2023 Along with the self-reflective new single, the alt-pop group is set to head on a U.S. tour, starting at San Diego’s House of Blues, then making their way across the country to stop in cities including Nashville, Chicago, Seattle, and San Francisco. Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 3 Apr. 2023 Some of their boots [like this Photon pair] even feature self-reflective materials that reflect heat back to your foot for added warmth. Olivia Lipski, Good Housekeeping, 27 Mar. 2023 Protoconsciousness is a very primitive state of consciousness that mainly includes perception and emotion, but not more sophisticated features like self-reflective awareness and abstract thinking. Stav Dimitropoulos, Popular Mechanics, 28 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1670, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-reflective was in 1670

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“Self-reflective.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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