pensive
Pronunciation
  • (British, America) IPA: /ˈpɛn.sɪv/
Adjective

pensive

  1. Having the appearance of deep, often melancholic, thinking.
  2. Looking thoughtful, especially from sadness.
    • 1748. David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 4.
      Abstruse thought and profound researches I prohibit, and will severely punish, by the pensive melancholy which they introduce
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