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Definition of reflective adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(formal) thinking deeply about things synonym thoughtful a quiet and reflective man
  2. 2reflective surfaces send back light or heat reflective car license plates On dark nights children should wear reflective clothing.
  3. 3reflective of something typical of a particular situation or thing; showing the state or nature of something His abilities are not reflective of the team as a whole. Everything you do or say is reflective of your personality.
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adverb She sipped her wine reflectively.
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