reflexive

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Etymology[edit]

From Medieval Latin reflexivus, from Latin reflexus.

Adjective[edit]

reflexive (not comparable)

  1. (grammar) Referring back to the subject, or having an object equal to the subject.
  2. (set theory) Of a relation R on a set S, such that xRx for all members x of S (that is, the relation holds between any element of the set and itself).
    "Equals" is a reflexive relation.
  3. Of or resulting from a reflex.
    The electric shock elicited an automatic and reflexive response from him.
  4. (figuratively) Producing immediate response, spontaneous.
    a reflexive dislike

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Noun[edit]

reflexive (plural reflexives)

  1. A reflexive pronoun.

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Adjective[edit]

reflexive

  1. inflected form of reflexiv