I adjective absorbed, abstracted, attentive, calculating, concentrating, contemplative, deliberative, dreaming, dreamy, engrossed, full of thought, given to thought, in cogitatione defixus, introspective, meditative, museful, musing, obsessed, occupied, rapt, ratiocinative, ratiocinatory, reasoning, reflective, ruminant, ruminative, self-communing, serious, sober, speculative, studious, thoughtful, wistful II index cogitative, grave (solemn), serious (grave), solemn

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  • Pensive — Pen sive, a. [F. pensif, fr. penser to think, fr. L. pensare to weigh, ponder, consider, v. intens. fr. pendere to weigh. See {Pension}, {Poise}.] 1. Thoughtful, sober, or sad; employed in serious reflection; given to, or favorable to, earnest or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pensive — [pen′siv] adj. [ME pensif < OFr < penser, to think, reflect < L pensare, to weigh, consider, freq. of pendere, to ponder, weigh, hang: see PENDANT] 1. thinking deeply or seriously, often of sad or melancholy things 2. expressing deep… …   English World dictionary

  • pensive — mid 14c., from O.Fr. pensif (11c., fem. pensive), from penser to think, from L. pensare weigh, consider, frequentative of pendere weigh (see PENDANT (Cf. pendant)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • pensive — *thoughtful, reflective, speculative, contemplative, meditative Analogous words: solemn, somber, *serious, earnest, sober, grave: musing, pondering, ruminating (see PONDER) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • pensive — [adj] meditative, solemn absorbed, abstracted, attentive, cogitative, contemplative, dreamy, grave, musing, pondering, preoccupied, reflecting, reflective, ruminating, ruminative, serious, sober, speculative, thinking, thoughtful, wistful,… …   New thesaurus

  • pensive — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ engaged in deep thought. DERIVATIVES pensively adverb pensiveness noun. ORIGIN Old French pensif, from Latin pensare ponder …   English terms dictionary

  • Pensive — This article is about the racehorse Pensive. For the magical item in the Harry Potter stories see Pensieve . For the word, see .Thoroughbred racehorse infobox horsename = Pensive caption = sire = Hyperion grandsire = Gainsborough dam = Penicuik… …   Wikipedia

  • pensive — pensively, adv. pensiveness, n. /pen siv/, adj. 1. dreamily or wistfully thoughtful: a pensive mood. 2. expressing or revealing thoughtfulness, usually marked by some sadness: a pensive adagio. [1325 75; < F (fem.); r. ME pensif < MF (masc.),… …   Universalium

  • pensive — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. thoughtful, reflective, meditative, musing; melancholy, sad, dejected. See thought, dejection. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. ruminating, meditative, contemplative, reflective, thoughtful, ruminative,… …   English dictionary for students

  • pensive — pen•sive [[t]ˈpɛn sɪv[/t]] adj. 1) dreamily or wistfully thoughtful 2) expressing thoughtfulness or sadness • Etymology: 1325–75; ME pensif < MF, der. of penser to think < L pēnsāre to weigh, consider, der. of pendere. See pension, ive… …   From formal English to slang

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