Pensive definition

pĕnsĭv
Engaged in deep and serious thought.
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Thinking deeply or seriously, often of sad or melancholy things.
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Showing or expressing deep, often melancholy thought.

A pensive look.

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Expressing deep thoughtfulness, often with some sadness.
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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.

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Looking thoughtful, especially from sadness.
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Having the appearance of deep, often melancholic, thinking.
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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