AskDefine | Define reflexive

Dictionary Definition

reflexive adj
1 without volition or conscious control; "the automatic shrinking of the pupils of the eye in strong light"; "a reflex knee jerk"; "sneezing is reflexive" [syn: automatic, reflex(a)]
2 referring back to itself [syn: self-referent] n : a personal pronoun compounded with -self to show the agent's action affects the agent [syn: reflexive pronoun]

User Contributed Dictionary



From reflexivus, from reflexus.


  1. Having a subject and object that are the same.
  2. 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).
    "Equals" is a reflexive relation.


in grammar
  • Dutch: wederkerend
  • German: reflexiv
  • Polish: zwrotny
  • Romanian: reflexiv
in mathematics
  • Czech: reflexivní
  • German: reflexiv

Extensive Definition

Reflexive may refer to:
In fiction: Metafiction
In grammar:
  • Reflexive pronoun, a pronoun with a reflexive relationship with its self-identical antecedent
  • Reflexive verb, where a semantic agent and patient are the same
In mathematics and computer science:
In social sciences:
In Entertainment:

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