reflex

[ adjective, noun ree-fleks; verb ri-fleks ]SEE DEFINITION OF reflex

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR REFLEX

But pride in things wrought is no reflex of a completed task.

His hand was still resting on it so he picked it up by reflex.

But I may also neglect this reflex standard and absolve me to myself.

A reflex of the child's old joy in the Festivals glowed in his soul.

Some of our acts were reflex, some were chiefly instinctive, and some were volitional.

And so it is with a multitude of reflex and instinctive acts.

Reflex action hurled him back, his hand out of range of the ray.

A reflex flow of salt water, running in slowly at the bottom.

Only a reflex made me gasp, "I will take immediate delivery."

The young American had a passion for books which were the reflex of great minds.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1500, "reflection of light," from verb reflex meaning "refract, deflect" (late 14c.), from Late Latin reflexus "a bending back," noun use of past participle of reflectere (see reflection). Meaning "involuntary nerve stimulation" first recorded 1877, from reflex action (1833).

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR REFLEX

knee jerk

nouninvoluntary kick or reaction
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