reflexive: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (ri-flek'siv), [key]
— adj.
    1. (of a verb) taking a subject and object with identical referents, as shave in I shave myself.
    2. (of a pronoun) used as an object to refer to the subject of a verb, as myself in I shave myself.
  1. reflex; responsive.
  2. able to reflect; reflective.
    1. noting a relation in which each element is in relation to itself, as the relation “less than or equal to.” Cf.antireflexive.
    2. (of a vector space) having the property that the dual space of the dual space of the given vector space equals the given vector space.
  1. a reflexive verb or pronoun.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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