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 Dictionary entry overview: What does pensive mean? 

PENSIVE (adjective)
  The adjective PENSIVE has 2 senses:

1. persistently or morbidly thoughtful
2. showing pensive sadness

  Familiarity information: PENSIVE used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

PENSIVE (adjective)

Sense 1pensive [BACK TO TOP]


Persistently or morbidly thoughtful


reflective; pondering; pensive; musing; meditative; contemplative; brooding; ruminative; broody


thoughtful (exhibiting or characterized by careful thought)

Sense 2pensive [BACK TO TOP]


Showing pensive sadness


wistful; pensive

Context example:

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


sad (experiencing or showing sorrow or unhappiness)

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