deflective deflective


  • (adj) capable of changing the direction (of a light or sound wave)


  1. Charles and Diana are world-class illusionists, modern masters of the deflective gesture, hinting at intimacy while keeping their distance.
  2. Prince Charles is a monarchical Zen master of this kind of deflective gesture that establishes both closeness and distance.
  3. After Chappaquiddick, in 1969, Edward Kennedy practiced what might be called the pre-emptive deflective confession.
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