Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or quality of being reflexive.

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  • noun The state or quality of being reflexive.

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

  • noun the coreferential relation between a reflexive pronoun and its antecedent
  • noun (logic and mathematics) a relation such that it holds between an element and itself

Etymologies

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reflexive +‎ -ness

Examples

  • The novel's continuing self-reflexiveness is quietly underscored here, but so is the idea of a personal library.

    Notes

  • But it appears to be mostly just liberal reflexiveness; everyone here loves Toy Story and similar films, no?

    WTF: Florida Film Incentive Bill Could Deny Tax Credits to Films with ‘Non-traditional Family Values’ | /Film

  • When tragedy does occur, it is more often than not given a black-comedic inflection — as in works by Wallace, Antrim, Eggers, and their ilk — not because the authors can't do powerful conflict and emotion, necessarily, but because the hyperconscious self-reflexiveness of their style is hard to turn off.

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  • When tragedy does occur, it is more often than not given a black-comedic inflection — as in works by Wallace, Antrim, Eggers, and their ilk — not because the authors can't do powerful conflict and emotion, necessarily, but because the hyperconscious self-reflexiveness of their style is hard to turn off.

    These Kids Today

  • It is as though poetry teases her mercilessly for the intricate reflexiveness of her dealings.

    a round O says I feel : Stephen Burt : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation

  • As a condition of individual and social autonomy, education introduces democracy to students as a way of life - an ethical ideal that demands constant attention - and, as such, takes seriously the responsibility for providing the conditions for people to exercise critical judgment, reflexiveness, deliberation and socially responsible action.

    Henry Giroux: Rethinking the Promise of Critical Education Under an Obama Regime

  • The reflexiveness of his remark implies that it is possible to think of non-normative forms of sexuality outside of vice and outside of crime.

    Introduction

  • Art about art usually is self-indulgent, but it doesn't have to be -- so long as its self-reflexiveness has wider implications.

    Songs of Themselves

  • Civilized discourse demands critical thinking, self-reflexiveness, sober-headed analysis.

    Daniel Lubetzky: FOX in the Twilight

  • At times, such gonzo reflexiveness looks like an ironic comment on Hollywood's commercialism ( "In a way," says Spielberg, "I was kicking myself in the butt").

    Coming To A Toy Store Near You

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