Reflective



that ; .
of or relating to .
cast by .
given to, marked by, or concerned with meditation or deliberation:
a reflective person.
Contemporary Examples

In a reflective moment, Gioeli speaks of voting for Barack Obama from behind bars via absentee ballot.
Meet the Mafia’s First Blogger, Tommy Gioeli Michael Daly March 29, 2012

Clad in an all-black ensemble, and wearing his signature, thick-framed glasses, Soderbergh was in a reflective mood.
Soderbergh’s Swansong Nicole LaPorte September 13, 2009

Back home in New Orleans, Donovan is reticent and Pleasant is reflective, but neither man fit in.
‘Fives and Twenty-Fives’ Is Fiction Honed in a Combat Zone Brian Castner August 24, 2014

They dressed in hard hats, safety glasses, and reflective vests, so they could pose as “public works” employees.
The Oregon Bomb Plot Kid Winston Ross November 27, 2010

But I am not a reflective person—except for a big mistake, and then I really think about it.
Ellen Barkin on ‘Another Happy Day,’ Sam Levinson, and Being a ‘Broad’ Kevin Sessums November 15, 2011

Historical Examples

Loristan looked at his hot twelve-year-old face with a reflective curiousness.
The Lost Prince Frances Hodgson Burnett

The view he took of it was sympathetic to his father, yet calm and reflective.
Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard Joseph Conrad

The solo parts in the oratorio are always short and of a reflective character.
The Standard Oratorios George P. Upton

It was Sir William who had toddled up and addressed the reflective guest.
Nell, of Shorne Mills Charles Garvice

The head lowered, that is, inclined forward, denotes the reflective state.
Delsarte System of Oratory Various

adjective
characterized by quiet thought or contemplation
capable of reflecting: a reflective surface
produced by reflection
adj.

1620s, from reflect + -ive. Related: Reflectively; reflectiveness.

reflective re·flec·tive (rĭ-flěk’tĭv)
adj.

Of, relating to, produced by, or resulting from reflection.

Capable of or producing reflection.

Characterized by or given to meditation or contemplation; thoughtful.

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