• WordNet 3.6
    • n pensiveness deep serious thoughtfulness
    • n pensiveness persistent morbid meditation on a problem
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pensiveness The state of being pensive; serious thoughtfulness; seriousness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pensiveness The state or character of being pensive; gloomy thoughtfulness; melancholy; seriousness from depressed spirits.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pensiveness state of being pensive: gloomy thoughtfulness: melancholy
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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:

When she was in the saddle it was at all times difficult for Domini to be sad or even pensive.
"The Garden Of Allah" by Robert Hichens
He was very tender, very careful of her, and laughed joyously while she remained pensive and grave.
"Bel Ami" by Henri Rene Guy de Maupassant
Landrassy seemed to meditate pensively.
"The Judgment House" by Gilbert Parker
Archie went out into the street, and began to walk pensively down a now peaceful Ninth Avenue.
"Indiscretions of Archie" by P. G. Wodehouse
He was pensive, inclined to be absent; his thoughts indeed were of other things and persons than those around him.
"Sybil or the Two Nations" by Benjamin Disraeli
These they sang in an undertone, pensively and seriously as church hymns are chanted.
"Mother" by Maksim Gorky
The only occupant of this somber apartment was a young girl, seated in pensive thought beside the central table.
"Capitola the Madcap" by Emma D. E. N. Southworth
Pensive beauty would nothing of wine; two thick plaits of her blond hair hang almost to the floor; she is a lineal descendant of the Lorelei.
"Rolling Stones" by O. Henry
She grew rather pensive.
"Thelma" by Marie Corelli
She turned away and shrugged her shoulders and took up her pensive attitude by the fire.
"Simon the Jester" by William J. Locke

In poetry:

O proofs of passion, eloquent as vain!
By thee unheeded, or perhaps unknown,….
But learn, the pangs that prompt this pensive strain,
Ere long, disdainful youth, may be thine own.
"Love Elegy, to Henry" by Amelia Opie
Why droops this heart with fancied woes forlorn?
Why sinks my soul beneath this wintry sky?
What pensive crowds, by ceaseless labours worn,
What myriads, wish to be as blessed as I!
"Elegy XX. He Compares His Humble Fortune With the Distress of Others" by William Shenstone
I mark'd the victim of the wintry hour,
I heard the winds breathe sad a fun'ral sigh,
When the lone warbler, from his fav'rite bow'r,
Pour'd forth his pensive song to see thee die;—
"Verses On An Autumn Leaf" by Sir John Carr
But these were past! and now the distant bell
(For deep and pensive thought had held her there)
Toll'd midnight out, with long-resounding knell,
While dismal echoes quiver'd in the air.
"Henry and Eliza" by Thomas Gent
Here sorrowing Love seeks a sequester'd bow'r.
Calls on thy spring to calm his troubled breast;
Bright Hope alights not on his pensive hour,
Nor can thy favour'd fountains yield him rest.
"Farewell Lines To Bristol Hot Wells" by Sir John Carr
Why all these sighs? ah! why so pensive grown?
Some cause there is that thus you sit alone.
Does is her fame,
With gentle strugglings let me force this ring ;
Another day may give another thing.
"Tuesday, St. James's Coffee-House" by Mary Wortley Montagu

In news:

But now convicted on 17 counts, the former governor is somber and pensive.
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.
Bill Evans' light touch was pensive and intellectualized.
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.
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.
Sixteen-year-old Jerrell Stafford stands before a photograph of two interwoven hands—one black, one white—and pensively holds his own to mirror the image.
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