1. [syn: brooding, broody, contemplative, meditative, musing, pensive, pondering, reflective, ruminative]
2. capable of physically reflecting light or sound;
- Example: "a reflective surface"
3. devoted to matters of the mind;
- Example: "the reflective type"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Reflective \Re*flect"ive\ (r?*fl?kt"?v), a. [Cf. F.
r['e]flectif. Cf. Reflexive.]
1. Throwing back images; as, a reflective mirror.
In the reflective stream the sighing bride, viewing
her charms. --Prior.
2. Capable of exercising thought or judgment; as, reflective
His perceptive and reflective faculties . . . thus
acquired a precocious and extraordinary development.
3. Addicted to introspective or meditative habits; as, a
4. (Gram.) Reflexive; reciprocal.
[1913 Webster] -- Re*flect"ive*ly, adv. --
Re*flect"ive*ness, n. "Reflectiveness of manner." --J.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: deeply or seriously thoughtful; "Byron lives on not only
in his poetry, but also in his creation of the 'Byronic
hero' - the persona of a brooding melancholy young man";
[syn: brooding, broody, contemplative,
meditative, musing, pensive, pondering,
2: capable of physically reflecting light or sound; "a
reflective surface" [ant: nonreflecting, nonreflective]
3: devoted to matters of the mind; "the reflective type"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
50 Moby Thesaurus words for "reflective":
careful, circumspect, cogitative, cognitive, concentrating,
concentrative, conceptive, conceptual, conceptualized, considerate,
contemplating, contemplative, deliberating, deliberative, discreet,
discriminating, discriminative, enlightened, excogitating,
ideative, introspective, judgmatic, judicial, judicious,
meditating, meditative, mental, museful, musing, noetic, pensive,
politic, pondering, prehensive, provident, prudent, prudential,
reflecting, ruminant, ruminating, ruminative, serious, sober,
speculative, thinking, thought, thoughtful, well-advised,