1 a [more reflective; most reflective] : causing light, sound, or heat to move away : reflecting light, sound, or heat
The material is highly reflective. [=it easily reflects light]
1 b [more reflective; most reflective] : relating to or caused by light that reflects off a surface
the reflective glare of the shiny metal
2 [more reflective; most reflective] : thinking carefully about something : THOUGHTFUL
She was in a very reflective mood.
3 — used to say that one thing shows what something else is like — + of
The school is reflective of society: the same problems that exist in society exist at the school.
— reflectively adverb
He spoke softly and reflectively about his experiences.