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pensive

[pen-siv] /ˈpɛn sɪv/
adjective
1.
dreamily or wistfully thoughtful:
a pensive mood.
2.
expressing or revealing thoughtfulness, usually marked by some sadness:
a pensive adagio.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; < French (feminine); replacing Middle English pensif < Middle French (masculine), derivative of penser to think < Latin pēnsāre to weigh, consider, derivative of pēnsus, past participle of pendere. See pension, -ive
Related forms
pensively, adverb
pensiveness, noun
overpensive, adjective
overpensively, adverb
overpensiveness, noun
Synonyms
1. P ensive , meditative , reflective suggest quiet modes of apparent or real thought. P ensive , the weakest of the three, suggests dreaminess or wistfulness, and may involve little or no thought to any purpose: a pensive, faraway look. M editative involves thinking of certain facts or phenomena, perhaps in the religious sense of “contemplation,” without necessarily having a goal of complete understanding or of action: meditative but unjudicial. R eflective has a strong implication of orderly, perhaps analytic, processes of thought, usually with a definite goal of understanding: a careful and reflective critic.
Antonyms
1. thoughtless.
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Examples for pensiveness
  • The faces of others had traces of sorrow, some of pensiveness.
British Dictionary definitions for pensiveness

pensive

/ˈpɛnsɪv/
adjective
1.
deeply or seriously thoughtful, often with a tinge of sadness
2.
expressing or suggesting pensiveness
Derived Forms
pensively, adverb
pensiveness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French pensif, from penser to think, from Latin pensāre to consider; compare pension1
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Word Origin and History for pensiveness
pensive
mid-14c., from O.Fr. pensif (11c., fem. pensive), from penser "to think," from L. pensare "weigh, consider," freq. of pendere "weigh" (see pendant).
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