Definition of reflective in English:

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Pronunciation: /rəˈflektiv/


1Providing a reflection; capable of reflecting light or other radiation: reflective glass reflective clothing
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  • Pedestrians and cyclists were encouraged to wear reflective armbands and light coloured clothing.
  • He confirmed that the deceased was wearing dark clothing and that the bicycle had no lights or reflective tape on it.
  • Just make sure you wear reflective clothing and don't forget to take lights for the ride home.
1.1Produced by reflection: a colorful reflective glow
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  • The original color swept out of them in favor of that reflective glow.
  • A sheet has been put over the pyramids because people in an office in the hospital have complained about the reflective light from the CD pyramid.
2Relating to or characterized by deep thought; thoughtful: a quiet, reflective, astute man
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  • The final product contains newly-composed contemporary songs with reflective and thought-provoking themes.
  • His music is said to have a deep, reflective melancholy.
  • His writings were always engaging, thought-provoking and reflective, and expressive in their style and delivery.



Pronunciation: /rəˈflektivlē/
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  • ‘I don't think you were wise to do that,’ he said reflectively.
  • Renouncing the power of the institutional boundaries of disciplines, the critic or analyst will draw on disciplines as needed, critically and reflectively appropriating the most useful perspectives and methods.
  • The midwesterners who composed Canby's army were probably among the more racist members of the Union army, but in diaries and letters home they reflectively pondered the performance of their fellow soldiers as peace loomed.


Pronunciation: /rəˈflektivnəs/
Example sentences
  • The preference of auditory learning indicates your basic reflectiveness coupled with a tendency to process information sequentially.
  • Yet they still continued to record wonderful music together, and continued the themes of reflectiveness and vulnerability on the next album, ‘The Visitors’ a year later.
  • For him, Americans' intellectual mediocrity would seem to be a self-evident truth, but his own observations hardly exemplify the kind of reflectiveness a reader of such a book has a right to expect.

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Syllabification: re·flec·tive

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