See also: réflexive

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Etymology Edit

From Medieval Latin reflexīvus, from Latin reflexus.

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  • enPR: rəflĕk'sĭv, IPA(key): /ɹəˈflɛksɪv/
    • (file)

Adjective Edit

reflexive (not comparable)

  1. (grammar) Referring back to the subject, or having an object equal to the subject.
  2. (mathematics) 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).
    "Equals" is a reflexive relation.
  3. Of or resulting from a reflex.
    The electric shock elicited an automatic and reflexive response from him.
  4. (figurative) Producing immediate response, spontaneous.
    a reflexive dislike
  5. Synonym of reflective

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reflexive (plural reflexives)

  1. (grammar) A reflexive pronoun.
  2. (grammar) A reflexive verb.

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  1. inflection of reflexiv:
    1. strong/mixed nominative/accusative feminine singular
    2. strong nominative/accusative plural
    3. weak nominative all-gender singular
    4. weak accusative feminine/neuter singular

Latin Edit

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reflexīvē (not comparable)

  1. reflexively

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  1. vocative masculine singular of reflexīvus