un·​re·​flec·​tive ˌən-ri-ˈflek-tiv How to pronounce unreflective (audio)
: not reflective: such as
: unthinking, heedless
an unreflective person
an unreflective impulse
unreflective dogma
: not reflecting something
TV made some moves toward reflecting reality. Very small moves; very unreflective of reality.Dorothy Uhnak
: not producing a reflection
an unreflective surface

Examples of unreflective in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The point of the book isn’t to solve the case or bring Kenny to justice, but to systematically reveal the paralyzing sinkhole of injustice that dissolves all hope and all strategies of resistance into a flat, unreflective goo. Noah Berlatsky, Los Angeles Times, 9 Aug. 2023 Cage turns its unreflective dramatic form and unchallenging narrative conventions into a kind of living nightmare, which bypasses the movie’s mediocre ideas and trivial plot and raises it—if only a few fleeting moments at a time—into the realm of the extraordinary. Richard Brod, The New Yorker, 17 July 2021 The composition of state legislatures is unreflective of the overall population, according to research from New American Leaders, a group that works to involve immigrants and first-generation Americans in politics. Eleanor Lutz, New York Times, 5 Nov. 2022 The one problem the team saw was that the reflective layer didn't make solid contact with the unreflective one when it was unrolled, which limited the amount of heat that could transfer between the two. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 13 Sep. 2022 Develop approaches for appropriate clinical use of AI in combination with human expertise, experience, and judgment, and discourage overreliance on, or unreflective trust of, algorithmic recommendations. John D. Halamka, STAT, 20 Mar. 2022 During a 2011 search, divers working for Deep Ocean Search encountered a small, unreflective object near the coordinates of the ship that had been left by German submarine records and the ship’s own crew. The Editors, Outside Online, 16 Apr. 2015 The analysis was typical of her—unreflective, cryptic, deprecatory. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 6 Dec. 2021 The tribalism of today resides in a very old, unreflective part of the brain that the Founders worked to temper and subdue through the power of reason and debate. Thomas Koenig, National Review, 24 July 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1641, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unreflective was in 1641

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“Unreflective.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unreflective. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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