[ pen-siv ]
/ ˈpɛn sɪv /
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dreamily or wistfully thoughtful: a pensive mood.
expressing or revealing thoughtfulness, usually marked by some sadness: a pensive adagio.
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Origin of pensive
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1. Pensive , meditative , reflective suggest quiet modes of apparent or real thought. Pensive , the weakest of the three, 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: meditative but unjudicial. Reflective has a strong implication of orderly, perhaps analytic, processes of thought, usually with a definite goal of understanding: a careful and reflective critic.
OTHER WORDS FROM pensive
pen·sive·ly, adverbpen·sive·ness, nouno·ver·pen·sive, adjectiveo·ver·pen·sive·ly, adverb
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How to use pensive in a sentence
“With the removal of TikTok, everything went away — followers, fame, income and offers,” he says, his tone pensive.It’ll Take More Than 15 Seconds to Rebuild Virality|Pallabi Munsi|December 2, 2020|Ozy
But Salvator was capable of pensiveness, of faith, and of fear.'Art in England|Dutton Cook
On the outside was a very suitable pensiveness, and affection for all that she was leaving.The Daisy Chain|Charlotte Yonge
Selim shivered all at once and woke up from his pensiveness.Hania|Henryk Sienkiewicz
Instead, they wore again the far-away look of dreamy pensiveness.Destiny|Charles Neville Buck
The pensiveness was a dove brooding on a secure peace; her eyes, gazing ahead, had the gravity of a childs seeing happy visions.Paths of Judgement|Anne Douglas Sedgwick
British Dictionary definitions for pensive
/ (ˈpɛnsɪv) /
deeply or seriously thoughtful, often with a tinge of sadness
expressing or suggesting pensiveness
Derived forms of pensivepensively, adverbpensiveness, noun
Word Origin for pensive
C14: from Old French pensif, from penser to think, from Latin pensāre to consider; compare pension 1
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