One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
As a reflex, without conscious thought; automatically.‘they reflexively oppose policies that could harm their salaries’‘we nod reflexively before we're sure that we agree’
- ‘Some politicians, mostly Republicans, reflexively oppose all taxes.’
- ‘I jumped back reflexively, missing it by only a few centimeters.’
- ‘Freed of the weight that had been sitting atop her, the girl reflexively jerked her body out of the shallow water.’
- ‘Her grip tightened reflexively on the strap of her messenger bag.’
- ‘Reflexively, I slid an arm around her shoulders.’
- ‘Professional investors reflexively bid high tech stocks up in January.’
- ‘A faint clamour reached her ears, and she turned her gaze in its direction reflexively.’
- ‘We have moved some ways away from a world in which American leadership was reflexively accepted in Europe.’
- ‘We have learned to use seatbelts almost reflexively.’
- ‘Many managers reflexively brag about how people are their company's key assets.’
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