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.


  1. reflective

    Reflection is the change in direction of a wavefront at an interface between two different media so that the wavefront returns into the medium from which it originated. Common examples include the reflection of light, sound and water waves. The law of reflection says that for specular reflection (for example at a mirror) the angle at which the wave is incident on the surface equals the angle at which it is reflected. In acoustics, reflection causes echoes and is used in sonar. In geology, it is important in the study of seismic waves. Reflection is observed with surface waves in bodies of water. Reflection is observed with many types of electromagnetic wave, besides visible light. Reflection of VHF and higher frequencies is important for radio transmission and for radar. Even hard X-rays and gamma rays can be reflected at shallow angles with special "grazing" mirrors.


  1. reflective

    Reflective generally refers to the quality or state of being capable of, or demonstrating, serious thought and consideration about oneself, others, or certain subjects or matters. It can also indicate the ability of a surface or material to throw back heat, light, or sound without absorbing it.

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. David Leben:

    Demand is increasing, notably in gasoline, I think most of the market expects that eventually we'll break through to the upside - but in the meantime producers are taking a realistic view on the commodity, it's reflective of a move to lock in favourable economics and support the portfolio before they get ready to ramp production back up.

  2. Berkley Lauren:

    I remember the first day back Mario Lopez A.C. Slater and I started( filming the Peacock series) -- it was so perfect -- we started in those booths at The Max. That was our first thing together, and I looked at Mario Lopez A.C. Slater, and I just saw the grown-up face in front of me. I had looked across at Mario Lopez A.C. Slater so often -- day in and day out for a hundred episodes -- and I'm like,' Wow, we grew up.' It was a very reflective thing. And we just had a blast.

  3. An ODE spokesman:

    However, it is clear that racial equity be addressed to support every learner, we know there are long-standing inequities in our systems that have led to gaps in outcomes for students of color. We do emphasize culturally responsive professional learning and an inclusive curriculum that is reflective of all communities in our state. There is both an intellectual and ethical basis for centering equity in professional learning and instructional materials, primarily so ODE can meet its responsibility to create the conditions in which every student can reach their full potential.

  4. Matt Kaufler:

    The net enthusiasm in the market is reflective of hopes that the Greek crisis is going to be resolved here shortly.

  5. Karlie Kloss in an interview:

    The reason I decided to stop working with Victoria's Secret was I didn't feel it was an image that was truly reflective of who I am and the kind of message I want to send to young women around the world about what it means to be beautiful.

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