self-re·​flex·​ive ˌself-ri-ˈflek-siv How to pronounce self-reflexive (audio)
: marked by or making reference to its own artificiality or contrivance
self-reflexive fiction
self-reflexively adverb
self-reflexiveness noun
self-reflexivity noun

Examples of self-reflexive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The film is a self-reflexive Hollywood tale that stars Moore as a veteran actress who uses a black-market drug to create a younger, better version of herself (Margaret Qualley)., 30 May 2024 Dear Bot, The comedian John Mulaney has a bit about the self-reflexive absurdity of captchas. WIRED, 21 Sep. 2023 Playing a version of himself in The Plough, Louis puts aside his father’s puppetry for more commercial theatrical ventures, which adds yet another layer of truth to this very self-reflexive undertaking. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1933, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of self-reflexive was in 1933

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“Self-reflexive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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