reflective

Reflective is an adjective that can describe a person who thinks things through, or a surface that reflects light or sound, like the reflective lettering on a stop sign.

To reflect is to bounce back an image, light, or sound. A reflective surface is one that can bounce back light — like the reflective sun shade that you put over the windshield of your car. It bounces the sun's rays away, helping the interior cool. A reflective person is a little different — he or she might have great insight due to taking the time to time carefully about things.

Primary Meanings of reflective

1.
adj
capable of physically reflecting light or sound
2.
adj
deeply or seriously thoughtful
Full Definitions of reflective
1

adj capable of physically reflecting light or sound

“a reflective surface”
Synonyms:
mirrorlike, specular
capable of reflecting light like a mirror
reflecting
causing reflection or having a device that reflects
Antonyms:
nonreflecting, nonreflective
not capable of physical reflection
echoless
having or producing no echo
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2

adj deeply or seriously thoughtful

Synonyms:
brooding, broody, contemplative, meditative, musing, pensive, pondering, ruminative
thoughtful
exhibiting or characterized by careful thought

adj devoted to matters of the mind

“the reflective type”
Synonyms:
intellectual
appealing to or using the intellect

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