reflexive
I. adjective Etymology: Medieval Latin reflexivus, from Latin reflexus Date: 1640 1. a. directed or turned back on itself; also overtly and usually ironically reflecting conventions of genre or form <
a reflexive novel
>
b. marked by or capable of reflection ; reflective 2. of, relating to, characterized by, or being a relation that exists between an entity and itself <
the relation “is equal to” is reflexive but the relation “is the father of” is not
>
3. of, relating to, or constituting an action (as in “he perjured himself”) directed back on the agent or the grammatical subject 4. characterized by habitual and unthinking behavior • reflexively adverbreflexiveness nounreflexivity noun II. noun Date: 1866 reflexive pronoun

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