What does reflective mean?

Definitions for reflective
rɪˈflɛk tɪvre·flec·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. brooding, broody, contemplative, meditative, musing, pensive, pondering, reflective, ruminative(adj)

    deeply or seriously thoughtful

    "Byron lives on not only in his poetry, but also in his creation of the 'Byronic hero' - the persona of a brooding melancholy young man";

  2. reflective(adj)

    capable of physically reflecting light or sound

    "a reflective surface"

  3. reflective(adj)

    devoted to matters of the mind

    "the reflective type"


  1. reflective(Adjective)

    Something which reflects, or redirects back to the source.

  2. reflective(Adjective)

    Thinking back on the past.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reflective(adj)

    throwing back images; as, a reflective mirror

    Etymology: [Cf. F. rflectif. Cf. Reflexive.]

  2. Reflective(adj)

    capable of exercising thought or judgment; as, reflective reason

    Etymology: [Cf. F. rflectif. Cf. Reflexive.]

  3. Reflective(adj)

    addicted to introspective or meditative habits; as, a reflective person

    Etymology: [Cf. F. rflectif. Cf. Reflexive.]

  4. Reflective(adj)

    reflexive; reciprocal

    Etymology: [Cf. F. rflectif. Cf. Reflexive.]

Editors Contribution

  1. reflective

    Able to reflect light.

    Reflective clothing is a good idea to wear when you are walking at night.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 16, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of reflective in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of reflective in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of reflective in a Sentence

  1. Major Moss:

    ( Ferguson) needs a massive recruiting drive to become more reflective of the community.

  2. Steven Taylor:

    He’s very outspoken in a variety of ways, he’s a little more reflective of those more populist candidates we’ve seen of late, including the president.

  3. Chief Michael Bussiere:

    We have to think about who is living here now and who's going to live here 10 years from now. We need a department that is reflective of the demographics of the community it serves.

  4. Loretta Mester:

    Given the cross currents in the economy, different people can have different views ... which is really reflective of what the committee's decision-making is.

  5. Kevin McAleenan:

    This investigation is continuing, and the agents will be held accountable if they are CBP employees who did inappropriate things, i don't think it's reflective of the men and women we have.

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    (of especially persons) lacking sense or understanding or judgment
    • A. frantic
    • B. noninvasive
    • C. cosmopolitan
    • D. witless

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