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[ri-flek-tiv] /rɪˈflɛk tɪv/
of or relating to reflection.
cast by reflection.
given to, marked by, or concerned with meditation or deliberation:
a reflective person.
Origin of reflective
1620-30; reflect + -ive
Related forms
reflectively, adverb
reflectiveness, reflectivity
[ree-flek-tiv-i-tee] /ˌri flɛkˈtɪv ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
antireflective, adjective
antireflectively, adverb
antireflectiveness, noun
nonreflective, adjective
nonreflectively, adverb
nonreflectiveness, noun
overreflective, adjective
overreflectively, adverb
overreflectiveness, noun
self-reflective, adjective
4. contemplative, thoughtful. See pensive. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for reflective
  • Write reflective essays in the form of letters advising community leaders on how to combat crime effectively.
  • Demonstrated commitment to reflective teaching practices.
  • Many hollows have smooth, flat bottoms and feature highly reflective material.
  • Moreover, the animals even selected the best reflective surface available to view their markings.
  • Even daytime runners can use a jacket made with a reflective fabric that helps motorists take notice.
  • But the reflective approach to diversity isn't only to value and advocate it.
  • It is the junction between the two materials which acts as the reflective surface.
  • Pete repurposes space blankets onto the back of a satellite dish to make it more reflective.
  • Drawing the roll out produces long threads a few hundred microns thick that can be as reflective as gold.
  • But an east-west voyage offers a more expansive and more reflective experience.
British Dictionary definitions for reflective


characterized by quiet thought or contemplation
capable of reflecting: a reflective surface
produced by reflection
Derived Forms
reflectively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for reflective

1620s, from reflect + -ive. Related: Reflectively; reflectiveness.

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reflective in Medicine

reflective re·flec·tive (rĭ-flěk'tĭv)

  1. Of, relating to, produced by, or resulting from reflection.

  2. Capable of or producing reflection.

  3. Characterized by or given to meditation or contemplation; thoughtful.

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