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.]


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

The pensive secrecy of desert cell. Milton.

Anxious cares the pensive nymph oppressed. Pope.


Expressing or suggesting thoughtfulness with sadness; as, pensive numbers.



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