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Meaning of REFLEXIVE

Pronunciation:  ri'fleksiv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a personal pronoun compounded with -self to show the agent's action affects itself
  2. [adj]  (grammar) referring back to itself
  3. [adj]  (physiology) without volition or conscious control; "the automatic shrinking of the pupils of the eye in strong light"; "a reflex knee jerk"; "sneezing is reflexive"

REFLEXIVE is a 9 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: automatic, backward, involuntary, reflex(a), reflexive pronoun, self-referent
 See Also: personal pronoun



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Re*flex"ive\ (-?v), a.
1. [Cf. F. r['e]flexif.] Bending or turned backward;
   reflective; having respect to something past.

         Assurance reflexive can not be a divine faith.

2. Implying censure. [Obs.] ``What man does not resent an
   ugly reflexive word?'' --South.

3. (Gram.) Having for its direct object a pronoun which
   refers to the agent or subject as its antecedent; -- said
   of certain verbs; as, the witness perjured himself; I
   bethought myself. Applied also to pronouns of this class;
   reciprocal; reflective. -- {Re*flex"ive*ly}, adv. --
   {Re*flex"ive*ness}, n.

Computing Dictionary

A relation R is reflexive if, for all x, x R x.

equivalence relations, pre-orders, partial orders and total orders are all reflexive.