pensively pensively


  • (adv) in a pensive manner


  1. John Kerry sits on a rock in a bomber jacket looking pensively through the fog on Mount Webster in New Hampshire after the November, 1972 election loss.
  2. She was silent the entire journey, pensively tracing raindrops on the car window with her red lacquered fingernails.
  3. The candidate, or President as the case may be, wanders the stage looking thoughtful, pensively wagging his wireless microphone.


  • Treating kids' fever properly

    Recently, a frantic mother brought her 18-month-old son to our clinic with a fever of 103. Her anxiety over the child's fever was palpable, yet the boy's demeanor and his normal physical exam portrayed the opposite. After explaining that his fever was his body's normal response and that he probably did not need antibiotics, his mother looked at me pensively and said, "But he still has a fever ...
    on July 1, 2013     Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

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