- dreamily or wistfully thoughtful: a pensive mood.
- expressing or revealing thoughtfulness, usually marked by some sadness: a pensive adagio.
Origin of pensive
Examples from the Web for pensively
It concludes with Soto pensively surveying the city he grew up in.Are Narcocorrido Mexican Drug Ballads Really That Bad?
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But he then pensively added, “It would feel good, but I am not sure it is the right one.”Dem Pollster Mark Mellman Weighs In on Negative Ads
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"There's ONE comfort," he remarked, pensively, as she worked.Alice Adams
"Strange that he makes no mention of Valerie" said Marius pensively.St. Martin's Summer
"She was very kind—a sweet woman," said Andre-Louis pensively.Scaramouche
"You do me a fuller justice than many who have known me longer," said he, pensively.
"They do not cross my mind as they used to do," said she, pensively.
- deeply or seriously thoughtful, often with a tinge of sadness
- expressing or suggesting pensiveness
Word Origin and History for pensively
late 14c., from Old French pensif "thoughtful, distracted, musing" (11c.), from penser "to think," from Latin pensare "weigh, consider," frequentative of pendere "weigh" (see pendant). Related: Pensively; pensiveness.