• WordNet 3.6
    • adv pensively in a pensive manner "pensively he stared at the painting"
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • adv Pensively In a pensive manner.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • pensively In a pensive manner; with melancholy thoughtfulness; with seriousness or some degree of melancholy.
    • ***


  • 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.”


In literature:

I could say no more; we were both pensive, our eyes fixed on the floor.
"Child of a Century, Complete" by Alfred de Musset
He was singularly sad, pensive, and more inactive than usual in his habits.
"Monsieur de Camors, Complete" by Octave Feuillet
M. Plumet is pensive.
"The Ink-Stain, Complete" by Rene Bazin
I went on with my walk, still pensive, but with a feeling of relief.
"An "Attic" Philosopher, Complete" by Emile Souvestre
For hours, the young man, confined to his compartment, remained pensive and anxious.
"The Hollow Needle" by Maurice Leblanc
That dignified and pensive gentleman Was a bold bravo, waiting for his chance.
"The Dynasts" by Thomas Hardy
The town became more pensive than ever over old fashions.
"Marius the Epicurean, Volume Two" by Walter Horatio Pater
I had not an ex-pensive nor a vicious habit of any sort.
"The Monikins" by J. Fenimore Cooper
Everywhere in these solitudes I am greeted with the pensive, almost pathetic not of the wood pewee.
"Wake-Robin" by John Burroughs
He glanced from time to time at her sad and pensive face.
"North and South" by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

In poetry:

Tyrannic storms arose upon my soul,
And dreadful did their mad'ning thunders roll;
The pensive muse was shaken from her sphere,
And hope, it vanish'd in the clouds of fear.
"On Hearing Of The Intention Of A Gentleman To Purchase The Poet's Freedom" by George Moses Horton
SWEET BALMY HOUR! ­dear to the pensive mind,
Oft have I watch'd thy dark and weeping shade,
Oft have I hail'd thee in the dewy glade,
And drop'd a tear of SYMPATHY refin'd.
"Sonnet to Evening" by Mary Darby Robinson
V. But now! no raptur'd moment, no soft woe,
Can sublimate the soul or touch the heart;
No more the solemn "joys of grief" bestow,
Or pensive bliss, or gracious pangs impart.
"Apathy" by Sydney Owenson
On distant heaths, beneath autumnal skies,
Pensive I saw the circling shade descend;
Weary and faint I heard the storm arise,
While the sun vanish'd, like a faithless friend.
"Elegy VII. He Describes His Vision to An Acquaintance" by William Shenstone
Oh, not more subtly silence strays
Amongst the winds, between the voices,
Mingling alike with pensive lays,
And with the music that rejoices,
Than thou art present in my days.
"To The Beloved" by Alice Meynell
But now, alas! (her warlike honour's lost)
Pensive she sits 'midst thousand ruins drear;
And o'er her worthless sons, and desert coast,
She pours the sad, but unavailing tear.
"Time: An Elegy. Written Near The Ruins Of Elgin Cathedral" by Robert Alves

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.
Not Cro-Magnon shaggy, not Frida Kahlo crazy, but pensive-seeming, maybe, like I'm chewing on a serious thought instead of counting down to the Top Chef finale.
Visually charged, spooky, pensive local Rock band acts it out live.
A sensitive, original melodist, he found his forte in pensive song-soliloquys.
Pensive piano, plaintive strings and poetic lyrics go from simple to symphonic.
A pensive perfectionist, Prost has a permanently furrowed brow, and his fingernails are always nibbled to the quick.
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.
His eclectic sound and pensive lyrics have helped raise awareness about the impoverished Caribbean nation, while inspiring hope among its youth.
Stephen Schwartz musical 'Working' is a sometimes upbeat, sometimes pensive show.
It's a pensive contemporary R&B ballad, with rumbling beats, pealing organs, and, of course, T- Pain 's Auto-Tuned lover-man vocals.

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