Reflective vs Wistful - What's the difference?

reflective | wistful |


As adjectives the difference between reflective and wistful

is that reflective is something which reflects, or redirects back to the source while wistful is full of yearning or longing.

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

    wistful

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • full of yearning or longing
  • His eyes grew wistful as he recalled his university days.
  • sad and thoughtful
  • Synonyms

    * (thoughtful sadness) (l)

    References