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Etymology Edit

From French pensif (thoughtful), from penser (to think) (from Latin pēnsō) + -if (English -ive).

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  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈpɛn.sɪv/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛnsɪv

Adjective Edit

pensive (comparative more pensive, superlative most pensive)

  1. Having the appearance of deep, often melancholic, thinking.
  2. Looking thoughtful, especially from sadness.
    • 1748, David Hume, Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral., London: Oxford University Press, published 1973, § 4:
      Abstruse thought and profound researches I prohibit, and will severely punish, by the pensive melancholy which they introduce
    • 1979, J.G. Ballard, The Unlimited Dream Company, chapter 21:
      Through the deep grass the faces of the three children glowed like pensive moons.

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  1. feminine singular of pensif

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pensive f

  1. nominative/oblique feminine singular of pensif