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.

Usage Examples:

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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