V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: being in deep thought, often in a sad or serious manner
Synonyms: thoughtful, wistful, absorbed, contemplative, musing, pondering, solemn, speculative, reflective, meditative, melancholy
Antonyms: thoughtless, unthinking, light-hearted
Tips: Pensive is derived from the Latin pensare, which means "consider" or "weigh." Pensive describes people who are deep in thought while looking like they are seriously considering or weighing something.
She sat quitely at her desk, looking pensive. (contemplative, pondering, absorbed)
I could tell by my father's pensive expression that he was deep in thought. (meditative, solemn)
The woman was in a pensive mood, thinking about what had happened that day. (solemn, serious, contemplative)
The VP of marketing seemed to be in a pensive mood, so I decided to leave him to his thoughts. (reflective, musing)
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