Definitions

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

Etymologies

From Medieval Latin reflexivus, from Latin reflexus. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • My source, who prefers not to be named out of fear at what she described as a reflexive tendency toward "butthurt" against public criticism of Filipino cultural institutions, went on to say the following:

    Planet Atheism

  • We know certainly know your perceptions, which appear to be based in reflexive emotion and bias, but not rational analysis.

    Debates: Fall Calendar Fills Up - The Caucus Blog - NYTimes.com

  • I am weak in reflexive verbs and in object pronouns but since nobody else has responded yet, let me try ... súbetelo (note the accent) would mean to me "carry it up yourself" (the te in this case meaning yourself) while súbelo would mean lift it up, put it up.

    Reflexive verbs

  • I can remember general situations of hitting the ball in reflexive volleys, giving no conscious thought to each specific hit, yet consciously thinking of a strategy to win the volley, like a conscious thought streaming abstractly along while purely reflexive actions were taking place just to stay alive.

    A Third Choice (ID Hypothesis)

  • # 105, Well, Shaggy 6, I would say you come across as a moderate liberal, who actuallythinks through issues and does not engage in reflexive anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism, which distinguishes you from many of the posters on Think Pogress.

    Think Progress » Mideast crisis grows.

  • Startled, horrified, bewildered, her mind sang out in reflexive misery.

    Does It Hurt When I Go Like This?

  • The intention to produce a belief or other attitude by means (at least in part) of recognition of this very intention, has come to be called a reflexive communicative intention.

    Saving Prostitutes in Sevilla

  • Breakthroughs in cognitive linguistics, especially regarding the embodiment of our thinking, deep and superficial conceptual frames, the forming of habits, and styles of thought known as reflexive (unconscious) and reflective (rational and available to consciousness) have redeemed the experiential pedagogy of American philosopher progressive education reformer John Dewey These progressive reforms had nothing whatsoever to do with "liberating children to follow their own instincts," as Brooks claims.

    Glenn W. Smith: Children of Rousseau and Hobbes

  • Reduction then may be defined as the reflexive transitive closure of one-step reduction.

    Combinatory Logic

  • Among the innate qualities of rigpa is self-arising deep awareness (rang-byung ye-shes), also known as reflexive deep awareness (rang-rig ye-shes).

    The Major Facets of Dzogchen

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