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, ruminativeadjective

    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. reflectiveadjective

    capable of physically reflecting light or sound

    "a reflective surface"

  3. reflectiveadjective

    devoted to matters of the mind

    "the reflective type"


  1. reflectiveadjective

    Something which reflects, or redirects back to the source.

  2. reflectiveadjective

    Thinking back on the past.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reflectiveadjective

    throwing back images; as, a reflective mirror

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

  2. Reflectiveadjective

    capable of exercising thought or judgment; as, reflective reason

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

  3. Reflectiveadjective

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

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

  4. Reflectiveadjective

    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. Miami Marlins:

    Mr. Schnatter’s derogatory and insensitive comments are not at all reflective of the values of our organization.

  2. Lynn Jenkins:

    We fundamentally disagree with the direction of the president's policy proposal, and instead we want to make 529 college savings plans more consumer-friendly and reflective of the realities faced by students today.

  3. Ken Findlay:

    What we found here is reflective of the abilities of these animals to bounce back from very severe whaling pressure in the last century. Over 200,000 humpback whales were taken from the Southern hemisphere last year, it absolutely amazed me that 30 to 40 years later, we've seen these populations rebounding as they are. That gives me hope. It tells me something about the state of the ocean.

  4. Bloomberg Opinions columnist Bobby Ghosh:

    Its reflective tendency to lie about crises, recently on display with the shooting down of a Ukrainian airliner, adds credence to reports that the first signs of the outbreak were evident on Feb. 13, six days before the government owned up.

  5. Paul Hokemeyer:

    Single peopleshouldn't look to simply survive the holidays, but rather, use the reflective time of the season to thrive.

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