Reflexive

Re*flex"ive

(-?v), a. 1. [Cf. F. rflexif.] Bending or turned backward; reflective; having respect to something past.
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Assurance reflexive can not be a divine faith.
Hammond.
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2. Implying censure. [Obs.] "What man does not resent an ugly reflexive word?" South.
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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.
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-- Re*flex"ive*ly, adv. -- Re*flex"ive*ness, n.
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