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.
Something which reflects, or redirects back to the source.
Thinking back on the past.
- Mirrors are reflective .
(computing, programming) Involving reflection.
- He always becomes reflective in preparation for the new year.
full of yearning or longing
sad and thoughtful
- His eyes grew wistful as he recalled his university days.
* (thoughtful sadness) (l)