reflexive

[ri-flek-siv]
adjective
1.
Grammar.
a.
(of a verb) taking a subject and object with identical referents, as shave in I shave myself.
b.
(of a pronoun) used as an object to refer to the subject of a verb, as myself in I shave myself.
2.
reflex; responsive.
3.
able to reflect; reflective.
4.
Mathematics.
a.
noting a relation in which each element is in relation to itself, as the relation “less than or equal to.” Compare antireflexive.
b.
(of a vector space) having the property that the dual space of the dual space of the given vector space equals the given vector space.
noun
5.
Grammar. a reflexive verb or pronoun.

Origin:
1580–90; < Medieval Latin reflexīvus turned back, reflected. See reflex, -ive

reflexively, adverb
reflexiveness, reflexivity [ree-flek-siv-i-tee] , noun
semireflexive, adjective
semireflexively, adverb
semireflexiveness, noun
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reflexive (rɪˈflɛksɪv)
 
adj
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 …" is reflexive
 
n
5.  a reflexive pronoun or verb
 
re'flexively
 
adv
 
re'flexiveness
 
n
 
reflexivity
 
n

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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.
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reflexive definition

theory
A relation R is reflexive if, for all x, x R x.
Equivalence relations, pre-orders, partial orders and total orders are all reflexive.
(1999-01-28)
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Example sentences
If the reflexive reaction to such a dish was a grimace, it was quickly
  dispelled.
Hyperbole meets ideological rigidity meets reflexive cynicism.
Another reason not to get too excited is the reflexive conservatism and
  technophobia of medical folk.
Thus the reflexive search for an easy explanation, a boogeyman to hold
  responsible, is perfectly normal.
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