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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.
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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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Throughout the memoir, Franz matches restraint with reflexiveness, crafting a narrative equally filled with the luminous particular and the telling omission.
Through their varied critical and theoretical accentuations of climate and its literary representation, the essays that follow elicit Anthropocenes (their pasts, presents, and futures), not the Anthropocene, and so contribute to a necessary reflexiveness in the way we read the weather.
His work in narrative theory addresses reflexiveness and fictionality, form and ideology, complex systems and narrative, narrative selfhood, and the limits of narrative as a mode of cognition.
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The ethnic knowledge tries to understand the vision of the social events in the way the subjects of research live it, being characteristic of this method the continuous reflexiveness from the researcher as the flexibility and circularity of the process (Hammersley & Atkinson, 1994).
And the mirrors' evocation of narcissism lasts only so long as a trope of clever reflexiveness.
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