overpensive

pensive

[pen-siv]
adjective
1.
dreamily or wistfully thoughtful: a pensive mood.
2.
expressing or revealing thoughtfulness, usually marked by some sadness: a pensive adagio.

Origin:
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

pensively, adverb
pensiveness, noun
overpensive, adjective
overpensively, adverb
overpensiveness, noun


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.


1. thoughtless.
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pensive (ˈpɛnsɪv)
 
adj
1.  deeply or seriously thoughtful, often with a tinge of sadness
2.  expressing or suggesting pensiveness
 
[C14: from Old French pensif, from penser to think, from Latin pensāre to consider; compare pension1]
 
'pensively
 
adv
 
'pensiveness
 
n

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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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