reflective
adjective Date: 1627 1. capable of reflecting light, images, or sound waves 2. marked by reflection ; thoughtful, deliberative 3. of, relating to, or caused by reflection <
reflective glare
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4. reflexive 3 5. reflecting something ; indicative <
how fashion is reflective of society — Glenda Bailey
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reflectively adverbreflectiveness noun

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  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • reflective — index aforethought, circumspect, cogitative, deliberate, pensive, profound (esoteric), rational, solemn …   Law dictionary

  • reflective — 1620s, from REFLECT (Cf. reflect) + IVE (Cf. ive) …   Etymology dictionary

  • reflective — *thoughtful, contemplative, meditative, pensive, speculative Analogous words: thinking, reasoning, deliberating, cogitating (see THINK): analytical, *logical, subtle …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • reflective — [adj] thoughtful cogitating, contemplative, deliberate, meditative, pensive, pondering, reasoning, ruminative, speculative, studious; concept 403 Ant. ignorant, unthoughtful …   New thesaurus

  • reflective — ► ADJECTIVE 1) providing or produced by reflection. 2) thoughtful. DERIVATIVES reflectively adverb reflectiveness noun reflectivity noun …   English terms dictionary

  • reflective — [ri flek′tiv] adj. 1. reflecting 2. of or produced by reflection 3. meditative; thoughtful SYN. PENSIVE reflectively adv. reflectiveness n. reflectivity …   English World dictionary

  • reflective — [[t]rɪfle̱ktɪv[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED If you are reflective, you are thinking deeply about something. [WRITTEN] I walked on in a reflective mood to the car, thinking about the poor honeymooners... Mike is a quiet, reflective man. Syn: thoughtful… …   English dictionary

  • reflective — re|flec|tive [rıˈflektıv] adj 1.) a reflective surface reflects light ▪ Stick reflective tape on your school bag. 2.) thinking quietly about something ▪ She was in a reflective mood. 3.) showing that something is true about a situation reflective …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • reflective — adjective a) Something which reflects, or redirects back to the source. Mirrors are reflective. b) Thinking back on the past. He always becomes reflective in preparation for the new year …   Wiktionary

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