Reflexive - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |rɪˈfleksɪv|  American pronunciation of the word reflexive
Brit.  |rɪˈflɛksɪv|  British pronunciation of the word reflexive


- a personal pronoun compounded with -self to show the agent's action affects the agent


- without volition or conscious control(syn: automatic, reflex)
- referring back to itself (syn: self-referent)


In “I hurt myself,” the verb “hurt” is reflexive.

In the sentence “We forced ourselves to finish the assignment,” the word “ourselves” is a reflexive pronoun.

For many people, the reflexive response to this kind of demand is to say no.

music that triggers reflexive toe tapping

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