expressing or revealing thoughtfulness, usually marked by some sadness: a pensive adagio.
Origin: 1325–75; < French (feminine); replacing Middle Englishpensif < Middle French (masculine), derivative of penser to think < Latinpēnsāre to weigh, consider, derivative of pēnsus, past participle of pendere. See pension, -ive
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.