from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, produced by, or resulting from reflection.
  • adj. Capable of or producing reflection: a reflective surface.
  • adj. Characterized by or given to meditation or contemplation; thoughtful. See Synonyms at pensive.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Something which reflects, or redirects back to the source.
  • adj. Thinking back on the past.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Throwing back images.
  • adj. Capable of exercising thought or judgment.
  • adj. Addicted to introspective or meditative habits.
  • adj. Reflexive; reciprocal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Throwing back rays or images; giving reflections; reflecting.
  • Taking cognizance of the operations of the mind; exercising thought or reflection; capable of exercising thought or judgment.
  • Having a tendency to or characterized by reflection.
  • Devoted to reflection; containing reflections.
  • In grammar, reflexive.
  • Produced by reflection.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. devoted to matters of the mind
  • adj. capable of physically reflecting light or sound
  • adj. deeply or seriously thoughtful


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reflect +‎ -ive


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  • An individual engages in reflective thinking to "perceive the state of her own mind."

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  • It is a word reflective of an historical racial fact in America.

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  • To overcome this problem, the Purdue researchers developed a means to create LEDs on low-cost, metal-coated silicon wafers, whereby the the silicon substrate is metalized with a built-in reflective layer of zirconium nitride.

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  • Halfway through a conversation with them, I†™ d still be trying to catch a glimpse of their tattoos in reflective surfaces or craning my head around in what I hoped was a casual gesture to sneak a look.

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  • The Birmingham Batman drove a suped-up corvette, white with brown trim just like his costume, and covered in reflective decals.

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  • The social worker looked on uncertainly, her expression reflective of her bemusement.

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  • Often confused with reflexive in counselor training.

    June 28, 2008