Definition of Pensive

1. Adjective. Deeply or seriously thoughtful. "Byron lives on not only in his poetry, but also in his creation of the 'Byronic hero' - the persona of a brooding melancholy young man"




2. Adjective. Showing pensive sadness. "The sensitive and wistful response of a poet to the gentler phases of beauty"
Exact synonyms: Wistful
Similar to: Sad
Derivative terms: Pensiveness, Wistfulness

Definition of Pensive

1. a. Thoughtful, sober, or sad; employed in serious reflection; given to, or favorable to, earnest or melancholy musing.

Definition of Pensive

1. Adjective. Having the appearance of deep, often melancholic, thinking. ¹

2. Adjective. Looking thoughtful, especially from sadness. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Pensive

1. engaged in deep thought [adj]

Medical Definition of Pensive

1. 1. Thoughtful, sober, or sad; employed in serious reflection; given to, or favorable to, earnest or melancholy musing. "The pensive secrecy of desert cell." (Milton) "Anxious cares the pensive nymph oppressed." (Pope) 2. Expressing or suggesting thoughtfulness with sadness; as, pensive numbers. Origin: F. Pensif, fr. Penser to think, fr. L. Pensare to weigh, ponder, consider, v. Intens. Fr. Pendere to weigh. See Pension, Poise. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pensive

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Literary usage of Pensive

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1. The Complete Poetical Works of Sir Walter Scott by Walter Scott (1900)
"... deafened ear Grows quick that lady's step to hear: At noontide she expects her not, Nor busies her to trim the cot; pensive she turns her humming wheel, ..."

2. The Complete Works of Gustave Flaubert: Embracing Romances, Travels by Gustave Flaubert, Ferdinand Brunetière (1904)
"... was pensive; the eccentricities of the Revolution exceeded his own. After leaving the café, when they repaired to the Hôtel de Ville to learn the news, ..."

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