pen·​sée | \ päⁿˈsā \
plural -s

Definition of pensée

1 : a thought expressed in literary form not a system of ethics at all but simply a collection of maxims and pensées— J. C. Ransom

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History and Etymology for pensée

in sense 1, from French, from Pensées (1670), literary work by Blaise Pascal †1662 French scientist and philosopher; in sense 2, from French, from Middle French

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“Pensée.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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