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reflective

[ri-flek-tiv] /rɪˈflɛk tɪv/
adjective
1.
2.
of or relating to reflection.
3.
cast by reflection.
4.
given to, marked by, or concerned with meditation or deliberation:
a reflective person.
Origin of reflective
1620-1630
1620-30; reflect + -ive
Related forms
reflectively, adverb
reflectiveness, reflectivity
[ree-flek-tiv-i-tee] /ˌri flɛkˈtɪv ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
antireflective, adjective
antireflectively, adverb
antireflectiveness, noun
nonreflective, adjective
nonreflectively, adverb
nonreflectiveness, noun
overreflective, adjective
overreflectively, adverb
overreflectiveness, noun
self-reflective, adjective
Synonyms
4. contemplative, thoughtful. See pensive.
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  • Loristan looked at his hot twelve-year-old face with a reflective curiousness.

    The Lost Prince Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The view he took of it was sympathetic to his father, yet calm and reflective.

  • The solo parts in the oratorio are always short and of a reflective character.

    The Standard Oratorios George P. Upton
  • It was Sir William who had toddled up and addressed the reflective guest.

    Nell, of Shorne Mills Charles Garvice
  • The head lowered, that is, inclined forward, denotes the reflective state.

British Dictionary definitions for reflective

reflective

/rɪˈflɛktɪv/
adjective
1.
characterized by quiet thought or contemplation
2.
capable of reflecting: a reflective surface
3.
produced by reflection
Derived Forms
reflectively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for reflective
adj.

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

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reflective in Medicine

reflective re·flec·tive (rĭ-flěk'tĭv)
adj.

  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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