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Definition of "reflexive" []

  • Directed back on itself. (adjective)
  • Grammar Of, relating to, or being a verb having an identical subject and direct object, as dressed in the sentence She dressed herself. (adjective)
  • Grammar Of, relating to, or being the pronoun used as the direct object of a reflexive verb, as herself in She dressed herself. (adjective)
  • Of or relating to a reflex. (adjective)
  • Elicited automatically; spontaneous: "a bid for . . . reflexive left-wing approval” ( Marshall Delaney). (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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