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pensive

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adjective pen·sive \ˈpen(t)-siv\

Simple Definition of pensive

  • : quietly sad or thoughtful

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of pensive

  1. 1 :  musingly or dreamily thoughtful

  2. 2 :  suggestive of sad thoughtfulness

pensively

adverb

pensiveness

noun

Examples of pensive in a sentence

  1. … the combination of national crisis and imminent electoral victory creates an atmosphere at once pensive and elated. —Yossi Klein Halevi, New Republic, 25 Dec. 2000

  2. We take in the synchronized swimming of sardines and the pensive patrol of a leopard shark. —Roger Rosenblatt, Time, 5 Oct. 1998

  3. … did not seem depressed so much as pensive, and within a few minutes he was talking eagerly—in fact, unstoppably—about his favorite subject: school. —James Traub, New Yorker, 19 Dec. 1994

  4. The child sat by himself, looking pensive.

  5. <rainy days often put her in a pensive mood>



Origin and Etymology of pensive

Middle English pensif, from Anglo-French, from penser to think, from Latin pensare to ponder, frequentative of pendere to weigh — more at pendant


First Known Use: 14th century


PENSIVE Defined for Kids

pensive

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adjective pen·sive \ˈpen-siv\

Definition of pensive for Students

  1. :  lost in serious or sad thought <a pensive mood>

pensively

adverb




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