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1. Directed back on itself.
2. Grammar
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).
n. Grammar
A reflexive verb or pronoun. See Usage Note at myself.

re·flex′ive·ly adv.
re·flex′ive·ness, re′flex·iv′i·ty (rē′flĕk-sĭv′ĭ-tē) n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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)
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And the mirrors' evocation of narcissism lasts only so long as a trope of clever reflexiveness.
These "confined quarters" of 2003 are a long way from the shabby yet capacious SoHo lofts that served as the spatial and psychological ground zero for much of the New York dance demimonde in the 1960s and early '70s--so much so that in 1974 Annette Michelson referred to the area south of Houston as an autonomous zone, its insularity directly conducive to a self-critical sensibility: "Existing and developing within their habitat as if on a reservation," Michelson (no relation) wrote, the neighborhood's "consumingly autoanalytical" dancers were "condemned to a strict reflexiveness.
For some of them, the assertion that the specificity of showing consists of a kind of reflexiveness essentially means that a sign can display its own pragmatic nature (see e.
Reflexiveness and self-reflexiveness have long been a staple of Marvell criticism.
A SM campaign might then support men to critically and interactively consider the social contexts which it draws on, engaging with and drawing on the multiplicity, reflexiveness and individual potential for change within masculinities.
But in the intervening eight years since publication of the first title there does not appear to have been much reflexiveness on the meaning and use of transnationalism, a term from which Mein Smith and her original collaborator distanced themselves, yet one that she is now content to embrace.
El jardin de los poetas is an explicit sample of everything that happens off-screen, thus the reflexiveness becomes part of the plot from the beginning: the camera follows the ups and downs of the entire crew; they discuss the production at several points, making it evident that the camera is recording them at all times.
What causes this decline into reification and stasis is precisely the absence of reflexiveness within ideological thought, the inability to recognize its own origins and limitations, and the lack of opportunities for thinking differently.
In this paper we offer an example of this kind of reflexiveness, within the context of constructing integrity in qualitative research, in hopes that future students of qualitative research might benefit.
That is the psychological gratification of autobiography's reflexiveness, of its illusive teller-effect" ("What Are We Reading" 129).