Pensive meaning

pĕn'sĭv
Engaged in deep and serious thought.
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2
Showing or expressing deep, often melancholy thought.

A pensive look.

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8
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Thinking deeply or seriously, often of sad or melancholy things.
adjective
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The definition of pensive is feeling sad while deep in thought.

An example of pensive is how one feels after reading a depressing novel.

adjective
5
4
Expressing deep thoughtfulness, often with some sadness.
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3
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Having the appearance of deep, often melancholic, thinking.
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2
Looking thoughtful, especially from sadness.
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Origin of pensive

  • Middle English pensif from Old French from penser to think from Latin pēnsāre frequentative of pendere to weigh (s)pen- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From French pensif (“thoughtful"), from the verb penser (“to think") by adding suffix -if (English -ive), from Latin pÄ“nsō.
    From Wiktionary