[[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 pen′sive•ly, adv. pen′sive•ness, n. 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.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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