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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]


Persistently or morbidly thoughtful


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


thoughtful (exhibiting or characterized by careful thought)

Sense 2reflective [BACK TO TOP]


Capable of physically reflecting light or sound

Context example:

a reflective surface


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

reflecting (causing reflection or having a device that reflects)


nonreflective (not capable of physical reflection)

Sense 3reflective [BACK TO TOP]


Devoted to matters of the mind

Context example:

the reflective type


intellectual (appealing to or using the intellect)

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