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pen·sive

 (pĕn′sĭv)
adj.
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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pensive

(ˈpɛnsɪv)
adj
1. deeply or seriously thoughtful, often with a tinge of sadness
2. expressing or suggesting pensiveness
[C14: from Old French pensif, from penser to think, from Latin pensāre to consider; compare pension1]
ˈpensively adv
ˈpensiveness n
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pen•sive

(ˈpɛn sɪv)

adj.
1. dreamily or wistfully thoughtful.
2. expressing thoughtfulness or sadness.
[1325–75; Middle English pensif < Middle French, derivative of penser to think < Latin pēnsāre to weigh, consider, derivative of pendere. See pension, -ive]
pen′sive•ly, adv.
pen′sive•ness, n.
syn: pensive, meditative, reflective suggest quiet modes of apparent or real thought. pensive suggests dreaminess or wistfulness, and may involve little or no thought to any purpose: a pensive, faraway look. meditative involves thinking of certain facts or phenomena, perhaps in the religious sense of “contemplation,” without necessarily having a goal of complete understanding or of action: a slow, meditative reply. reflective has a strong implication of orderly, perhaps analytic, processes of thought, usu. with a definite goal of understanding: a reflective critic.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.pensive - deeply or seriously thoughtful; "Byron lives on not only in his poetry, but also in his creation of the 'Byronic hero' - the persona of a brooding melancholy young man";
thoughtful - exhibiting or characterized by careful thought; "a thoughtful paper"
2.pensive - showing pensive sadness; "the sensitive and wistful response of a poet to the gentler phases of beauty"
sad - experiencing or showing sorrow or unhappiness; "feeling sad because his dog had died"; "Better by far that you should forget and smile / Than that you should remember and be sad"- Christina Rossetti
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pensive

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pensive

adjective
Of, characterized by, or disposed to thought:
Idiom: in a brown study.
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Translations
مُسْتَغْرِق في أفكارِه
zádumčivý
eftertænksomtankefuld
zamišljen
í òungum òönkum
liūdnai susimąstęsliūdnas svajingumaspaskendęs savo mintyse
domīgs
zádumčivý

pensive

[ˈpensɪv] ADJ (gen) → pensativo, meditabundo
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pensive

[ˈpɛnsɪv] adj [person, look] → pensif/ive
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pensive

adj, pensively
advnachdenklich; (= sadly serious)schwermütig
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pensive

[ˈpɛnsɪv] adjpensoso/a
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

pensive

(ˈpensiv) adjective
thinking deeply (about something). a pensive mood.
ˈpensively adverb
ˈpensiveness noun
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References in classic literature ?
I so very often see her eyes fixed on his face with a remarkable expression of pensive admiration.
"We shall see," replied Aouda, becoming suddenly pensive.
The worthy baron had a pensive - nay, more than pensive - melancholy air.
Off they went, and Rose waved her hand to the islanders with a somewhat pensive air, for an heroic purpose glowed within her, and the spirit of self-sacrifice was about to be illustrated in a new and touching manner.
As men's names came up in conversation he would say, "We swam against one another when we were boys"; or, "We hunted the deer together--he could use the noose and the spear as well as I." Now and then his big dreamy eyes would roll restlessly; he frowned or smiled, or he would become pensive, and, staring in silence, would nod slightly for a time at some regretted vision of the past.
D'Artagnan stood for an instant, mute, pensive and motionless; then, as he went in, he saw the fair Madeleine, his hostess, standing on the threshold.
The Countess Lidia Ivanovna was a tall, stout woman, with an unhealthily sallow face and splendid, pensive black eyes.
She replied by a negative sign of the head, and her pensive glance fixed itself upon the vault of the ceiling.
He was too clever for a bad governess, for a parson's daughter, to spoil; and the strangest if not the brightest thread in the pensive embroidery I just spoke of was the impression I might have got, if I had dared to work it out, that he was under some influence operating in his small intellectual life as a tremendous incitement.
He is all things to all oceans; he is like a poet seated upon a throne - magnificent, simple, barbarous, pensive, generous, impulsive, changeable, unfathomable - but when you understand him, always the same.
By degrees, the fate of the unfortunate king interested his auditors so greatly, that the play languished even at the royal table, and the young king, with a pensive look and downcast eye, followed, without appearing to give any attention to it, the smallest details of this Odyssey, very picturesquely related by the Comte de Guiche.
Why assume that a doubled-up body, a contorted, purple face, and a gaping mouth emitting a series of ear-splitting shrieks point to a state of more intelligent happiness than a pensive face reposing upon a little white hand, and a pair of gentle tear-dimmed eyes looking back through Time's dark avenue upon a fading past?