- dreamily or wistfully thoughtful: a pensive mood.
- expressing or revealing thoughtfulness, usually marked by some sadness: a pensive adagio.
Origin of pensive
Antonyms for pensive
Related Words for pensivenessgloom, desperation, sorrow, despondency, grief, despair, boredom, ennui, wistfulness, impression, contemplation, observation, idea, rumination, opinion, consideration, meditation, view, fantasy, trance
Examples from the Web for pensiveness
Historical Examples of pensiveness
But Salvator was capable of pensiveness, of faith, and of fear.'Art in England
"No," rejoined Winterbourne, with something of that pensiveness to which his aunt had alluded.Daisy Miller
He had grown accustomed to these moments of pensiveness on his mother's part.The Silver Lining
Often have I reflected on it; sometimes with pensiveness, with sadness never.Imaginary Conversations and Poems
Walter Savage Landor
"I cry you mercy," said Warner, with something of sarcasm in his pensiveness of tone.The Disowned, Complete
- deeply or seriously thoughtful, often with a tinge of sadness
- expressing or suggesting pensiveness
Word Origin for pensive
Word Origin and History for pensiveness
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.