Pensive Definition

Thinking deeply or seriously, often of sad or melancholy things.
Webster's New World
Engaged in deep and serious thought.
American Heritage
Expressing deep thoughtfulness, often with some sadness.
Webster's New World

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

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