Definition of Reflexive

1. Noun. A personal pronoun compounded with -self to show the agent's action affects the agent.

Exact synonyms: Reflexive Pronoun
Generic synonyms: Personal Pronoun



2. Adjective. Without volition or conscious control. "Sneezing is reflexive"
Exact synonyms: Automatic, Reflex
Category relationships: Physiology
Similar to: Involuntary
Derivative terms: Reflex

3. Adjective. Referring back to itself.
Exact synonyms: Self-referent
Category relationships: Grammar
Similar to: Backward
Derivative terms: Reflexiveness, Reflexivity

Definition of Reflexive

1. a. Bending or turned backward; reflective; having respect to something past.

Definition of Reflexive

1. Adjective. (grammar) Having a subject and object that are the same. ¹

2. Adjective. (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). ¹

3. Noun. A reflexive pronoun. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Reflexive

1. [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Reflexive

reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome
reflex symptom
reflex tachycardia
reflex therapy
reflexed
reflexes
reflexibilities
reflexibility
reflexible
reflexing
reflexion
reflexional
reflexionally
reflexions
reflexity
reflexive (current term)
reflexive possessive pronoun
reflexive possessive pronouns
reflexive pronoun
reflexive pronouns
reflexive statement
reflexive verb
reflexive verbs
reflexively
reflexiveness
reflexivenesses
reflexives
reflexivities
reflexivity
reflexly

Literary usage of Reflexive

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Grammar of the German Language: Designed for a Thoro and Practical Study by George Oliver Curme (1922)
"Special pronominal forms to show this reflexive action are wanting except in ... The reflexive by its very nature has no nom., as it is always an object, ..."

2. Allen and Greenough's New Latin Grammar for Schools and Colleges: Founded on by Joseph Henry Allen, James Bradstreet Greenough (1916)
"The reflexive Pronoun (sg), and usually its corresponding possessive (suus), ... The reflexive may always be used to refer to the subject of its own clause ..."

3. Allen and Greenough's New Latin Grammar for Schools and Colleges: Founded on by Joseph Henry Allen, James Bradstreet Greenough, Benjamin Leonard D'Ooge (1903)
"The reflexive Pronoun (s§), and usually its corresponding possessive (suus), ... The reflexive may always be used to refer to the subject of its own clause ..."

4. Allen and Greenough's New Latin Grammar for Schools and Colleges: Founded on by Joseph Henry Allen, James Bradstreet Greenough, Benjamin Leonard D'Ooge (1903)
"The reflexive Pronoun (se), and usually its corresponding possessive (suus), ... The reflexive may always be used to refer to the subject of its own clause ..."

5. Ethiopic Grammar by August Dillmann, Carl Bezold, James A. Crichton (1907)
"But just as in the Indo-European languages the Passive was developed out of the reflexive, so in Ethiopic also (as in Aramaic and to some extent in Hebrew) ..."

6. Evolution, racial and habitudinal by John Thomas Gulick (1905)
"reflexive election. Conjunctional partition. Conjunctional election. ... Having mentioned the chief methods of the reflexive influences aiding in the ..."

7. Evolution, Racial and Habitudinal by John Thomas Gulick (1905)
"So also election, and isolation, and partition has each its reflexive mode, ... The reflexive .Mode of Influence. The forms of reflexive selection have been ..."

8. A Grammar of the Greek Language: Chiefly from the German of Raphael Kühner by William Edward Jelf (1842)
"The reflexive pronouns lavrov, &c. always refer to the word on which they depend, ... This interchange maybe thus explained; a general reflexive notion is ..."

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