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pensive

pen·sive

pensive

 
pronunciation:
pen sihv
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: thoughtful in a sad or deeply serious way.
He was unusually quiet and pensive today, and I wondered if something was wrong.
synonyms:
bemused, musing, wistful
similar words:
blue, doleful, meditative, melancholy, preoccupied, reflective, ruminative, sad, thoughtful
definition 2: suggestive or expressive of a deep, sad thoughtfulness.
He sat staring out the window and heaved a pensive sigh.
synonyms:
gloomy, glum, melancholy
similar words:
doleful, forlorn, grave, rueful, sad, weary, woebegone
derivations: pensively (adv.), pensiveness (n.)
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The word pensive contains the following part:
pend, pens Latin root that means hang; weigh; spend