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  • adv. In a thoughtful or reflective manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a pensive manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a pensive manner; with melancholy thoughtfulness; with seriousness or some degree of melancholy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a pensive manner


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  • But I always did say 'while there is life there is hope,'"she would recall pensively," and the doctors all said the only hope _for_ his life was in constant travel, and so we were always, as you might say, seeking

    The Wit and Humor of America, Volume VII. (of X.)

  • "I suppose he does," pensively, "but I shall be terribly jealous of your old men with the pneumonia, and your girls with appendicitis.

    Glory of Youth

  • Shutting herself away in her huge, plush inner sanctum, Keshari sat at her desk and stared pensively out her thirtieth-story window at the expanse of Century City and the surrounding West Los Angeles area.

    Larger Than Lyfe

  • Marcus stared at Misha pensively, and then shook his head sympathetically.

    Larger Than Lyfe

  • I felt unable to stop this horrible declaration of my most morbid thoughts, but the man nodded, looking at me pensively.


  • Every now and then, as he squeezes out lentils or scoops up Parmesan disks, he pauses and stares pensively into space.

    The Sorcerer’s Apprentices

  • Berri accompanied us all the way south, in various heroic poses—Berri resting chin on hand and looking pensively into the distance; Berri in a manly political embrace with Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah; Berri shaking one finger in the air; Berri making a fist and looking like a wiseguy in black sunglasses.

    Day of Honey

  • I mixed the batter pensively using enough water to make it like dosa batter.

    Kakdi Dhirda

  • Bob Steinmetz, a retired data-processing technician from Cleveland, smoked a cigar pensively after paying his respects.

    Mood Lifts at Flight 93 Crash Site

  • However, there was one student who sat pensively most of the morning, but his question ended up riveting me the most.

    Karen Jordan: I Will Be Forever Grateful


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