Definitions for pensiveˈpɛn sɪv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pen•sive*ˈpɛn sɪv(adj.)

  1. dreamily or wistfully thoughtful.

  2. expressing thoughtfulness or sadness.

* Syn: pensive , meditative , reflective suggest quiet modes of apparent or real thought. pensive suggests dreaminess or wistfulness, and may involve little or no thought to any purpose: a pensive, faraway look.meditative 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: a slow, meditative reply.reflective has a strong implication of orderly, perhaps analytic, processes of thought, usu. with a definite goal of understanding: a reflective critic.

Origin of pensive:

1325–75; ME pensif < MF, der. of penser to think < L pēnsāre to weigh, consider, der. of pendere. See pension , -ive


Princeton's WordNet

  1. brooding, broody, contemplative, meditative, musing, pensive, pondering, reflective, ruminative(adj)

    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. pensive, wistful(adj)

    showing pensive sadness

    "the sensitive and wistful response of a poet to the gentler phases of beauty"


  1. pensive(Adjective)

    Having the appearance of deep, often melancholic, thinking.

  2. pensive(Adjective)

    Looking thoughtful, especially from sadness.

  3. Origin: From pensif, from the verb penser by adding suffix -if (English -ive), from penso.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pensive(adj)

    thoughtful, sober, or sad; employed in serious reflection; given to, or favorable to, earnest or melancholy musing

  2. Pensive(adj)

    expressing or suggesting thoughtfulness with sadness; as, pensive numbers


  1. Pensive

    Pensive was a bright chestnut thoroughbred racehorse who in 1944 came closer than any other horse at the time to winning the U.S. Triple Crown. He was also the first to win the first two legs and then lose the third. A son of England's Hyperion, out of Penicuik II, Pensive, ridden by Conn McCreary, won the Kentucky Derby going away by four and a half lengths. A week later, he took the Preakness. That year, the Belmont, had upped its purse to $50,000. Pensive was in the lead when Bounding Home inched by to take the race by less than half a length. Pensive was brought to the United States still forming in his mother's womb by Arthur B. Hancock, who then sold the mare to the owner of Calumet Farm, Warren Wright. Wright had inherited Calumet from his father, William Monroe Wright, president of the Calumet Baking Powder Company. In time, Warren Wright was also president of the baking powder company, and he took it to the financial heights of the business world. When he also took over Calumet in 1931, he sold off the trotters his father favored and began buying Thoroughbreds for flat racing. Under Wright, Calumet enjoyed years of racing dominance.

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thinking deeply (about something)

a pensive mood.

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