Definition of reflexive in English:
1 Grammar Denoting a pronoun that refers back to the subject of the clause in which it is used, e.g., myself, themselves.
- The term emphatic pronoun refers to a reflexive pronoun used to emphasize a noun phrase, as in ‘The town itself is very old’ and ‘Well, you said it yourself.’
- English requires the use of prepositional phrases and reflexive and other pronouns to communicate what the middle morpheme could alone.
1.1(Of a verb or clause) having a reflexive pronoun as its object, e.g., wash oneself.
- In the first, called intrinsic reflexivization, a predicate is marked as a reflexive predicate in the lexicon.
- A French language lesson follows with the Brother conjugating the reflexive verb déshabiller, ‘to undress’.
- What should be emphasized here is the use of the reflexive verb - ‘devalue themselves’.
2(Of an action) performed as a reflex, without conscious thought: at concerts like this one, standing ovations have become reflexive
More example sentences
- Finally, under life-threatening stress, you won't attempt a task if you do not have total confidence in your reflexive ability to perform it well.
- According to neurologists, such reflexive activities are neither conscious nor signs of awareness.
- Sometimes it's conscious, sometimes reflexive, but the basic trend is not in doubt.
4(Of a method or theory in the social sciences) taking account of itself or of the effect of the personality or presence of the researcher on what is being investigated.
- Kavoori calls this a reflexive mode born of an increasing familiarity with the narrative conventions of news and an awareness of the institutional imperatives of media industries (Kavoori).
- But first of all, in a reflexive mode, let me say something about my own background which will help to place my interests in this conjunction of cultures in context.
- The ultimate reflexive investigation of investigation occurs in that branch of philosophy known as epistemology, the theory of knowledge.
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A reflexive word or form, especially a pronoun.
- NP-anaphora can be encoded by gaps, pronouns, reflexives, names, and descriptions.
- Binding is concerned with the type of anaphora found with pronouns and reflexives, but the notion is greatly extended.
- In other languages, reflexives are even less amenable to a two-participant interpretation.
- Example sentences
- They are reflexive supporters of the underdog just as the Right reflexively supports the powerful.
- Thorn tensed reflexively, fists clenched as her gaze switched to the source of the noise.
- At first, even with his glasses on, the light from the explosion was blinding, and he ducked reflexively.
- Example sentences
- Although, admittedly, the reflexiveness of making sure nothing is misunderstood is one of their more annoying traits, an unfortunate after-effect of the whole authenticity thing that drives them, I fear.
- The second sense is that of aesthetic experiment, and there is a similar reflexiveness here: the magazine's poetry and prose contributions read more promisingly as tests of the avant-garde than as attempts at being avant-garde.
- The paintings take a bit of getting used to, being both modern in their reflexiveness and old-fashioned in their genre.
- Example sentences
- Ordinal numbers (subject to such axioms as reflexivity, symmetry, and transitivity) are only used for comparison.
- Giddens too easily constructs the reflexive self as a functional whole, all units - reflexivity, practical consciousness and the unconscious - working for the overall benefit of the self.
- Through the discontinuity of these ‘related but discrete articles’ the continuous reflexivity of an epistemological concern emerges.
Pronunciation: /riˌflekˈsivətē, ˌrēˌflek/noun
Definition of reflexive in:
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