from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Directed back on itself.
- adj. Grammar Of, relating to, or being a verb having an identical subject and direct object, as dressed in the sentence She dressed herself.
- adj. Grammar Of, relating to, or being the pronoun used as the direct object of a reflexive verb, as herself in She dressed herself.
- adj. Of or relating to a reflex.
- adj. Elicited automatically; spontaneous: "a bid for . . . reflexive left-wing approval” ( Marshall Delaney).
- n. Grammar A reflexive verb or pronoun. See Usage Note at myself.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Having a subject and object that are the same.
- adj. Of a relation R on a set S, such that xRx for all members x of S (that is, the relation holds between any element of the set and itself).
- n. A reflexive pronoun.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Bending or turned backward; reflective; having respect to something past.
- adj. Implying censure.
- adj. Having for its direct object a pronoun which refers to the agent or subject as its antecedent; -- said of certain verbs
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Reflective; bending or turning backward; having respect to something past.
- Capable of reflection; reflective.
- Casting or containing a reflection or censure.
- n. A reflexive verb or pronoun.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a personal pronoun compounded with -self to show the agent's action affects the agent
- adj. without volition or conscious control
- adj. referring back to itself
From Medieval Latin reflexivus, from Latin reflexus. (Wiktionary)