[ UK /ɹɪflˈɛktɪvli/ ]
  1. in a reflective manner
    he watched her reflectively
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How To Use reflectively In A Sentence

  • He argues that "doctrinal indefiniteness can be a reasonable expression of epistemic modesty, and that even doctrinal entanglement can be justified when it is the only way of preserving, in the sociocultural environment available, a reflectively stable orientation. Michael Ruse: Religion As Morality: Is This the Way Forward in the Science-Religion Debate?
  • He chewed reflectively, his thoughts drifting back to yesterday's encounter with Marina.
  • And with us painters also, the only result of any efforts we make to acquaint ourselves with the subjects of metaphysical inquiry has been an increased sense of the prudence of lying placidly and unreflectively in our pools, or at least limiting ourselves to such gentle efforts of imagination as may be consistent with the as yet imperfectly developed powers, I do not say even of cephalopodic, but of Ascidian nervous centers. On the Old Road, Vol. 2 (of 2) A Collection of Miscellaneous Essays and Articles on Art and Literature
  • The immediate need seems to be that of a reform of the reformed Missal of 1969, for, quite a number of changes originating within the Post-Conciliar reform seem to have been introduced somewhat hastily and unreflectively, as Cardinal Antonelli himself repeatedly stated. Archbishop Ranjith's Foreword to "True Development of the Liturgy"
  • He speaks softly and very reflectively, with few flights of passion.
  • Bedad, I don't ondercumstubble," he replied, taking off his cap and scratching his head reflectively, rather taken aback by my Latin quotation; "though if that haythen lingo manes soft sawder, by the powers I've got lashins av it! Afloat at Last A Sailor Boy's Log of his Life at Sea
  • Many a daintily cloaked figure stole, masked, to the rendezvous in the garden under the cherry-trees, and many a duel was fought in the pleasant meadows to the south which we called Vauxhall; and there I have seen silent men waiting at dawn, playing with the coffee they scarce could swallow, while their seconds paced the path beyond the stile, whistling reflectively, switching the wild roses, with a watchful eye for the coming party. The Reckoning
  • ‘I completely understand people's curiosity about the question,’ he says reflectively, with the political astuteness of an actor twice his age.
  • Renouncing the power of the institutional boundaries of disciplines, the critic or analyst will draw on disciplines as needed, critically and reflectively appropriating the most useful perspectives and methods.
  • ‘I don't think you were wise to do that,’ he said reflectively.
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