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reflexive


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Reflexive  \Re*flex"ive\  (-?v),  a. 
  1.  [Cf.  F.  r['e]flexif.]  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?''  --South. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  reflexive 
  adj  1:  (physiology)  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},  {reflex(a)}] 
  2:  (grammar)  referring  back  to  itself  [syn:  {self-referent}] 
  n  :  a  personal  pronoun  compounded  with  -self  to  show  the  agent's 
  action  affects  itself  [syn:  {reflexive  pronoun}] 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  reflexive 
 
    A  {relation}  R  is  reflexive  if  for  all  x,  x  R  x. 
 
  {Equivalence  relations},  {pre-orders},  {partial  orders}  and 
  {total  orders}  are  all  reflexive. 
 
  (1999-01-28) 
 
 




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