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 for pensive
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pensive \Pen"sive\, a. [F. pensif, fr. penser to think, fr. L.
     pensare to weigh, ponder, consider, v. intens. fr. pendere to
     weigh. See Pension, Poise.]
     1. Thoughtful, sober, or sad; employed in serious reflection;
        given to, or favorable to, earnest or melancholy musing.
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              The pensive secrecy of desert cell.   --Milton.
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              Anxious cares the pensive nymph oppressed. --Pope.
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     2. Expressing or suggesting thoughtfulness with sadness; as,
        pensive numbers. --Prior.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: deeply or seriously thoughtful; "Byron lives on not only
             in his poetry, but also in his creation of the 'Byronic
             hero' - the persona of a brooding melancholy young man";
             [syn: brooding, broody, contemplative,
             meditative, musing, pensive, pondering,
             reflective, ruminative]
      2: showing pensive sadness; "the sensitive and wistful response
         of a poet to the gentler phases of beauty" [syn: pensive,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  82 Moby Thesaurus words for "pensive":
     absent, absentminded, absorbed, abstracted, atrabiliar,
     atrabilious, bemused, blue, brooding, castle-building, cogitative,
     cognitive, concentrating, concentrative, conceptive, conceptual,
     conceptualized, contemplating, contemplative, daydreaming,
     daydreamy, deliberating, deliberative, dreaming, dreamy, drowsing,
     ecstatic, elsewhere, engrossed, excogitating, faraway, funky,
     grave, half-awake, ideative, in a reverie, in a trance,
     in the clouds, introspective, lost, lost in thought, meditating,
     meditative, melancholic, melancholy, mental, mooning, moonraking,
     museful, musing, napping, nodding, noetic, oblivious,
     pipe-dreaming, pondering, prehensive, preoccupied, rapt,
     reflecting, reflective, ruminant, ruminating, ruminative, sad,
     saddened, serious, sober, somewhere else, speculative, stargazing,
     taken up, thinking, thought, thoughtful, transported, tristful,
     unconscious, wistful, withdrawn, woolgathering,
     wrapped in thought

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