• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Pensived Made pensive.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • pensived Thought on or brooded over.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Pensived (Shak.) thought over
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  • John Milton
    “Come, pensive nun, devout and pure, sober steadfast, and demure, all in a robe of darkest grain, flowing with majestic train.”
  • Trina Paulus
    Trina Paulus
    “?How does one become a butterfly? she asked pensively. You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. pensif—L. pensāre, to weigh—pendĕre, to weigh.


In literature:

Clare kept opening and shutting her hand, in an attitude half-pensive, half-listless.
"The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, Complete" by George Meredith
On the door step she paused a moment, and hung her head pensively, as if moved by a reminiscence.
"The Short Works of George Meredith" by George Meredith
Jesus sat pensive, with His head leaning on His hand, and gently swayed His sunburnt foot.
"The Crushed Flower and Other Stories" by Leonid Andreyev
Ellangowan rode pensively home; and it was remarkable that he did not mention this interview to any of his family.
"Guy Mannering, or The Astrologer, Complete, Illustrated" by Sir Walter Scott
He was thin and sickly, habitually pensive, strict in the fulfilment of his religious duties, and careful of his good name.
"The Social Cancer" by José Rizal
She no longer viewed her youth-time through the pensive haze of memory, but the rosy mist of hope.
"Miss Ludington's Sister" by Edward Bellamy
The dignity of her bearing was lost in household ease, the pensiveness of her expression in an untroubled serene sweetness.
"The Parisians, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
A glance at her pale, pensive, lovely face was enough to show that sorrow was rooted at her heart.
"A Terrible Temptation" by Charles Reade
Mr. Thornburgh sat pensive, one foot drooped over the other.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
The pale beauty of her pensive face won her friends wherever she went.
"Henry Dunbar" by M. E. Braddon

In poetry:

Or in Breceliand, on some high tower,
Clad white in samite, last of her lost race,
My soul beholds her, lovelier than a flower,
Gazing with pensive face.
"Romance" by Madison Julius Cawein
"Ah me! how sad," Myrtilla cried,
"To waste alone my years!"
While o'er a streamlet's flow'ry side
She pensive hung, and watch'd the tide
That dimpled with her tears.
"Myrtilla" by Washington Allston
The moon was rising above the hill,
And her soft beam pensively smil'd,
And she look'd o'er the world that lay sleeping below,
Like a mother that hangs o'er her child.
"St. Mark's Eve - A Fragment" by Mary Anne Browne
The light fails, love; the long day soon shall be
Nought but a pensive happy memory
Blessed for the tales it told to thee and me.
How hard it was, O love, to be alone.
"The Two Sides Of The River" by William Morris
A browner shadow spreads upon the air,
And o'er the scene a pensive grandeur throws;
The rocks—the woods a wilder beauty wear,
And the deep wave in softer music flows.
"Evening" by Ann Radcliffe
WHOE'ER thou art, whose soul-enchanting song
Steals on the sullen ear of pensive woe;
To whom the sounds of melody belong,
Sounds, that can more than human bliss bestow;
"Sonnet to Amicus" by Mary Darby Robinson

In news:

Closer George Sherrill sat with ice packs wrapped around his left shoulder, a pensive man in a quiet corner of the visitor's clubhouse.
But now convicted on 17 counts, the former governor is somber and pensive.
Visually charged, spooky, pensive local Rock band acts it out live.
Pensive Mike Brown didn't deserve messy Lakers divorce.
Hopper's Pensive Lady In Pink Travels The World.
'Barchords': An Intense, Pensive Album About Love.
From the time the opening chords of its familiar theme song first sounded and a pensive figure could be seen sitting alone in an empty courtroom, lawyers have loved to patronize Perry Mason .
"Faster, faster, faster," Leonid Lolua, a former mayor of Sukhumi, chided a more pensive opponent during a recent game here.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich wasn't nearly as pensive Sunday morning in his interview with media members as he was in this 2005 file photo.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich wasn't nearly as pensive Monday with local reporters as he was in this 2005 file photo.
Charlie Brown and Linus are in a pensive mood for the holiday more.
Edward Hopper is well-known in the US for paintings such as Nighthawks (1942) — pensive, lonely portraits of people sitting together yet alone.
California-based indie Hip Hop artist K. Flay writes pensive music that's both self-reflective and dynamic.
Stephen Schwartz musical 'Working' is a sometimes upbeat, sometimes pensive show.
Yet in person, he is soft-spoken and often quite pensive.

In science:

The majestic face, with the almond shaped eye and the elegant profile, has a pensive expression which reveals the solemnity of the moment.
Optimization in Differentiable Manifolds in Order to Determine the Method of Construction of Prehistoric Wall-Paintings