Reflective Re*flect"ive (r?*fl?kt"?v), a. [Cf. F. r['e]flectif. Cf. {Reflexive}.] 1. Throwing back images; as, a reflective mirror. [1913 Webster]

In the reflective stream the sighing bride, viewing her charms. --Prior. [1913 Webster]

2. Capable of exercising thought or judgment; as, reflective reason. --Prior. [1913 Webster]

His perceptive and reflective faculties . . . thus acquired a precocious and extraordinary development. --Motley. [1913 Webster]

3. Addicted to introspective or meditative habits; as, a reflective person. [1913 Webster]

4. (Gram.) Reflexive; reciprocal. [1913 Webster] -- {Re*flect"ive*ly}, adv. -- {Re*flect"ive*ness}, n. ``Reflectiveness of manner.'' --J. C. Shairp. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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