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1. Engaged in deep and serious thought.
2. Showing or expressing deep, often melancholy thought: a pensive look.

[Middle English pensif, from Old French, from penser, to think, from Latin pēnsāre, frequentative of pendere, to weigh; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.]

pen′sive·ly adv.
pen′sive·ness n.
Synonyms: pensive, contemplative, reflective, meditative, thoughtful
These adjectives mean characterized by or disposed to deep or serious thought. Pensive often connotes a wistful, dreamy, or sad quality: "while pensive poets painful vigils keep" (Alexander Pope).
Contemplative implies slow directed consideration, often with conscious intent of achieving better understanding or spiritual or aesthetic enrichment: "[He] had envisioned an actual grove of academe through which scholars young and old might take contemplative strolls" (Tom Wolfe).
Reflective suggests careful analytical deliberation, as in reappraising past experience: "She ... is as wise as if she'd been on this earth for eighty years. Her nature is reflective—not all over the map, like mine" (Alice Munro).
Meditative implies earnest sustained thought: "She sat with her shoulders rounded in some clearly deepening meditative privacy and forgot me" (E.L. Doctorow).
Thoughtful can refer to absorption in thought or to the habit of reflection and circumspection: "I had spoken at once ... to Silvius about our departure, and we talked the matter over, for he was a thoughtful and intelligent child, and children have a wisdom of their own" (Ursula K. Le Guin).
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Noun1.pensiveness - persistent morbid meditation on a problem
melancholy - a feeling of thoughtful sadness
2.pensiveness - deep serious thoughtfulnesspensiveness - deep serious thoughtfulness    
thoughtfulness - the trait of thinking carefully before acting
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nNachdenklichkeit f; (sad) → Schwermütigkeit f


(ˈpensiv) adjective
thinking deeply (about something). a pensive mood.
ˈpensively adverb
ˈpensiveness noun
References in classic literature ?
The sportive sunlight -- feebly sportive, at best, in the predominant pensiveness of the day and scene -- withdrew itself as they came nigh, and left the spots where it had danced the drearier, because they had hoped to find them bright.
If my countenance expressed what I aimed at, it was composed and dignified; and yet, with a degree of pensiveness which might convince him that I was not quite happy.
Over all the legal neighbourhood there hangs, like some great veil of rust or gigantic cobweb, the idleness and pensiveness of the long vacation.
No," rejoined Winterbourne, with something of that pensiveness to which his aunt had alluded.
The tragic circumstance which strengthened and consecrated their natural community of interest had, one might think, something to do with the far-reaching pensiveness even of their most humorous writing, touching often the deepest springs of pity and awe, as the way of the highest humour is--a way, however, very different from that of the humorists of the eighteenth century.
Then a certain pensiveness fell over her beauty which dimmed yet intensified it; sharp angles, glittering points, melted away into curves and enticing gleams.
Aside from ecstatic delight, these are mostly moods of pensiveness, languor, or romantic sadness, like the one so magically suggested in the 'Ode to a Nightingale,' of Ruth standing lonely and 'in tears amid the alien corn.
True, to the present time,' Mr Boffin assented, with his former pensiveness, as he took his seat upon his settle.
The expressive blend of melancholia and pensiveness of Gollon's biblical women communicates this power and powerlessness incarnated in their hands.
Enwezor has conceived the Biennale as a sequence of intersecting 'filters' that compel us to look backwards as much as forwards, in a spirit of pensiveness more than of zeal.
67 - may lack the Ravelean impressionistic improvidence, yet, on the other hand, they contain an amazing scale of forcible mood variations: from romantically risen emotions or dark pensiveness through dance-like lightness to wit and sarcasm, many a time with a taint of unconcealed bitterness.
With Petrarch, the arrival of the spirit results from the poet's pensiveness, and does not testify to a past that can be felt by all.