pensive pensive  /ˈpɛn sɪv/


  1. (adj) deeply or seriously thoughtful
  2. (adj) showing pensive sadness


  1. Sometimes pensive, sometimes boastful, sometimes displaying a rare humility, the presidential candidate made a final pitch to his followers.
  2. The Traders on the floor of the Stock Exchange looked pensive when the market opened after the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that one million jobs have been shed.
  3. The great Australian cricketer was pensive before he answered the question about Test matches going out of fashion.


  1. Top agent Parker pulls no punches

    Eugene Parker, the mysterious NFL agent, was an hour into a rare interview when a specific word triggered a pensive tone. He had been discussing whether contract negotiations were a science or an art.
    on June 10, 2013     Source: Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

  2. Family spotlight: "Gorilla Forest," "Wind & Weather"

    At the new $11 million gorilla exhibit at the Como Zoo in St. Paul, one of the three female gorillas had a pensive pose near the observation glass.
    on June 7, 2013     Source: Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune


  1. Jennings, who has known Dion personally for more than a decade, said "he sounded very quiet, very reflective and pensive and listening" when she spoke to him. "There's a real sense and hope that he's thinking seriously about his future, that...
    on Oct 17, 2008 By: Marlene Jennings Source: The Gazette (Montreal)

  2. "Mr Taylor is in a very reflective and pensive mood. This is his whole life we're talking about," Jewel Taylor, a serving senator in Liberia, told the BBC's Focus on Africa programme.
    on Jun 20, 2006 By: Jewel Taylor Source: BBC News

  3. "I have never bet on a game I have refereed," Hoyzer told the Bild newspaper on Monday. "The accusations have left me pensive, uneasy and dismayed. I cannot comprehend them, and also cannot understand that my refereeing colleagues could think...
    on Jan 24, 2005 By: Robert Hoyzer Source: Deutsche Welle

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