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1. Directed back on itself.
a. Of, relating to, or being a verb having an identical subject and direct object, as dressed in the sentence She dressed herself.
b. Of, relating to, or being the pronoun used as the direct object of a reflexive verb, as herself in She dressed herself.
3. Of or relating to a reflex.
4. Elicited automatically; spontaneous: "a bid for ... reflexive left-wing approval" (Marshall Delaney).
A reflexive verb or pronoun. See Usage Note at myself.
re·flex′ive·ness, re′flex·iv′i·ty (rē′flĕk-sĭv′ĭ-tē) n.
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|Noun||1.||reflexiveness - the coreferential relation between a reflexive pronoun and its antecedent|
coreference - the grammatical relation between two words that have a common referent
|2.||reflexiveness - (logic and mathematics) a relation such that it holds between an element and itself|
math, mathematics, maths - a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement
logic - the branch of philosophy that analyzes inference
logical relation - a relation between propositions
mathematical relation - a relation between mathematical expressions (such as equality or inequality)