1. Bending or turned backward; reflective; having respect to something past.
Assurance reflexive can not be a divine faith. --Hammond.
2. Implying censure. [Obs.] “What man does not resent an ugly reflexive word?”
3. Gram. Having for its direct object a pronoun which refers to the agent or subject as its antecedent; -- said of certain verbs; as, the witness perjured himself; I bethought myself. Applied also to pronouns of this class; reciprocal; reflective.
-- Re*flex*ive*ly, adv. -- Re*flex*ive*ness, n.
adj 1: without volition or conscious control; "the automatic
shrinking of the pupils of the eye in strong light";
"a reflex knee jerk"; "sneezing is reflexive" [syn: automatic,
2: referring back to itself [syn: self-referent]
n : a personal pronoun compounded with -self to show the agent's
action affects the agent [syn: reflexive pronoun]