One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Not engaging in reflection or thought.‘an unreflecting hedonist’
- ‘The text does not independently have effects on readers or compel them to act in particular ways, as if they were passive and unreflecting objects.’
- ‘Their training, he said, ‘renders them very hostile to the revolutionary spirit and the unreflecting passions of the multitude.’’
- ‘Yet to the unreflecting eye they can appear as isolationist, self-serving and even criminal.’
- ‘The unreflecting person clumps about on the earth's surface, but if she needs to know more about who she is and where she came from, she must dig down.’
- ‘A nation must be a nation, not a random collection of not always compatible tribes - but crude and unreflecting racism had had its day.’
- ‘The book is not simply a throw-back to a pre-post structuralist Marxist humanism or an unreflecting Whig history however.’
2Not reflecting light.
- ‘A narrow gap opened in its slick, yet unreflecting surface - no doubt the voyager's entrance, and it swayed softly on the buzzing rope.’
- ‘This color, with one-third less white, is very suitable for roofs, and is a cool, unreflecting grey.’
- ‘Our campsite is a sliver of sand bordered by a dense thicket of trees on one side and a river of gray unreflecting water on the other.’
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