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REFLECTIVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does reflective mean? 

REFLECTIVE (adjective)
  The adjective REFLECTIVE has 3 senses:

1. persistently or morbidly thoughtful
2. capable of physically reflecting light or sound
3. devoted to matters of the mind

  Familiarity information: REFLECTIVE used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


REFLECTIVE (adjective)


Sense 1reflective [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Persistently or morbidly thoughtful

Synonyms:

reflective; pondering; pensive; musing; meditative; contemplative; brooding; ruminative; broody

Similar:

thoughtful (exhibiting or characterized by careful thought)


Sense 2reflective [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Capable of physically reflecting light or sound

Context example:

a reflective surface

Similar:

mirrorlike; specular (capable of reflecting light like a mirror)

reflecting (causing reflection or having a device that reflects)

Antonym:

nonreflective (not capable of physical reflection)


Sense 3reflective [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Devoted to matters of the mind

Context example:

the reflective type

Similar:

intellectual (appealing to or using the intellect)


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