1) ADJ-GRADED If you are reflective, you are thinking deeply about something. [WRITTEN]

I walked on in a reflective mood to the car, thinking about the poor honeymooners...

Mike is a quiet, reflective man.

Derived words:
reflectively ADV-GRADED ADV with v

`The first part of her life hasn't been all that good,' he said reflectively...

He gazed reflectively at his companion.

2) ADJ-GRADED: v-link ADJ of n If something is reflective of a particular situation or attitude, it is typical of that situation or attitude, or is a consequence of it.

The German government's support of the US is not entirely reflective of German public opinion...

The pupil's answers may not have been reflective of what the class as a whole had understood.

3) ADJ-GRADED A reflective surface or material sends back light or heat. [FORMAL]

...a garden of flowing streams, water basins, waterfalls, and a reflective pool...

Avoid pans with a shiny, reflective base as the heat will be reflected back.

English dictionary. 2008.

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