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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Reflectiveadjective

    Etymology: from reflect.

    When the weary king gave place to night,
    His beams he to his royal brother lent,
    And so shone still in his reflective light. Dryden.

    In the reflective stream the sighing bride
    Viewing her charms impair’d, abash’d shall hide
    Her pensive head. Matthew Prior.

    Forc’d by reflective reason I confess,
    That human science is uncertain guess. Matthew Prior.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reflectiveadjective

    throwing back images; as, a reflective mirror

  2. Reflectiveadjective

    capable of exercising thought or judgment; as, reflective reason

  3. Reflectiveadjective

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

  4. Reflectiveadjective

    reflexive; reciprocal

  5. 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. Michael LeVasseur:

    With an infection that can rapidly spread, where we are today in the data isn't necessarily going to be reflective of how bad it's going to be tomorrow or the day after, there could be many, many more people who are infectious that you can encounter that you're not seeing in the data.

  2. Cathryn Donaldson:

    In the case of out-of-network care, I want to be clear that the term' revenge tactic' is inaccurate and not reflective of how health insurance providers handle out-of-network costs.

  3. Charlie Wilson:

    This inclusion will be more reflective of the Chinese opportunity set with big IT and consumer names being added. That shows the shift in the center of gravity from old China to new China.

  4. Gayle Berry:

    Initially people were saying the fall in oil could be a positive because it could be a boost for global growth. Whereas now... people are saying that the continued fall in oil is reflective of weak consumption in the first place and if so, that is negative for commodities.

  5. Evelyn Mazzocco:

    We are excited to literally be changing the face of the brand, these new dolls represent a line that is more reflective of the world girls see around them - the variety in body type, skin tones and style allows girls to find a doll that speaks to them.

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