Reflexive
Reflexive Re*flex"ive (-?v), a. 1. [Cf. F. r['e]flexif.] Bending or turned backward; reflective; having respect to something past. [1913 Webster]

Assurance reflexive can not be a divine faith. --Hammond. [1913 Webster]

2. Implying censure. [Obs.] ``What man does not resent an ugly reflexive word?'' --South. [1913 Webster]

3. (Gram.) Having for its direct object a pronoun which refers to the agent or subject as its antecedent; -- said of certain verbs; as, the witness perjured himself; I bethought myself. Applied also to pronouns of this class; reciprocal; reflective. [1913 Webster] -- {Re*flex"ive*ly}, adv. -- {Re*flex"ive*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]


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