|1.||denoting a class of pronouns that refer back to the subject of a sentence or clause. Thus, in the sentence that man thinks a great deal of himself, the pronoun himself is reflexive|
|2.||denoting a verb used transitively with the reflexive pronoun as its direct object, as the French se lever "to get up" (literally "to raise oneself") or English to dress oneself|
|3.||physiol of or relating to a reflex|
|4.||logic, maths irreflexive Compare nonreflexive (of a relation) holding between any member of its domain and itself: "… is a member of the same family as …" |
|5.||a reflexive pronoun or verb|
|reflexive (rĭ-flěk'sĭv) Pronunciation Key
Of or relating to a mathematical or logical relation such that, for any given element, that element has the given relation to itself. Equality in mathematics is a reflexive relation, since a = a for all a, whereas the relation of being 'less than' is not, since it is not true that a < a for any a.