His reflexive impulse in the moments after the blast had been to stand even though he had lost both his legs.
In recent Republican congressional primaries, the rank-and-file has voted “no” to reflexive interventionism.
Instead he resorted to Homophobic Madness, the reflexive athlete comfort zone.
1580s, "reflective, capable of bending or turning back," from Medieval Latin reflexivus, from Late Latin reflexus (see reflect). Meaning "of the nature of a reflex" is from 1839 (implied in reflexively). Grammatical sense from 1837. Related: Reflexiveness; reflexivity.
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.