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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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  • On the whole, reflectively, she was in no uncertainty about the things that were wrong.

  • Peter looked at Linda reflectively and then he told her that he could see it.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • "Ye've done been off ter college, son," began old Cyrus reflectively, as he bit on his pipe stem and judicially nodded his head.

    The Tempering Charles Neville Buck
  • "I reckon maybe some of us might help," remarked Mr. Watts, reflectively.

    The Gentleman From Indiana Booth Tarkington
  • "That's real kind of you; real kind," said Mrs. Talcott reflectively.

    Tante Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • "It is enormously important, I grant--enormously," he repeated, reflectively.

  • "By turning them against me, if the story should turn out to be false," he answered, reflectively.

    Edith and John Franklin S. Farquhar
  • “She may teach, but she may not act,” said he, reflectively.

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
  • "I think I will ask the cook to make green-turtle soup of you," continued the Queen, reflectively.

  • But the other envelope bore an address which Vagualame gazed at reflectively.

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
British Dictionary definitions for reflectively


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 reflectively



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

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reflectively 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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