Reflective vs Reflection - What's the difference?

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Reflective is a related term of reflection.


As a adjective reflective

is something which reflects, or redirects back to the source.

As a noun reflection is

the act of reflecting or the state of being reflected.

reflective

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Something which reflects, or redirects back to the source.
  • Mirrors are reflective .
  • Thinking back on the past.
  • He always becomes reflective in preparation for the new year.
  • (computing, programming) Involving reflection.
  • Derived terms

    * unreflective

    Coordinate terms

    * refractive

    reflection

    English

    Alternative forms

    * reflexion

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • The act of reflecting or the state of being reflected.
  • The property of a propagated wave being thrown back from a surface (such as a mirror).
  • Something, such as an image, that is reflected.
  • (senseid) Careful thought or consideration.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1959, author=(Georgette Heyer), title=(The Unknown Ajax), chapter=1
  • , passage=But Richmond, his grandfather's darling, after one thoughtful glance cast under his lashes at that uncompromising countenance appeared to lose himself in his own reflections .}}
  • An implied criticism.
  • (label) The process or mechanism of determining the capabilities of an object at run-time.
  • Derived terms

    * reflectional * reflectionless * self-reflection

    See also

    * refraction * diffraction