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Pensive Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    pensive adj
  1. persistently or morbidly thoughtful [syn: brooding, broody, contemplative, meditative, musing, pondering, reflective, ruminative]
  2. showing pensive sadness; "the sensitive and wistful response of a poet to the gentler phases of beauty" [syn: wistful]
Pensive Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    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. The pensive secrecy of desert cell. --Milton. Anxious cares the pensive nymph oppressed. --Pope.
  2. Expressing or suggesting thoughtfulness with sadness; as, pensive numbers. --Prior.
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Pensive (1941-49) was a bright chestnut thoroughbred racehorse who in 1944 came closer than any other horse at the time to winning the U.S. Triple Crown. He was also the first to win the first two legs and then lose the third.

A son of England's Hyperion (who himself had won two thirds of England's Triple Crown), out of Penicuik II (by Buchan), Pensive, ridden by Conn McCreary, won the Kentucky Derby going away by four and a half lengths. A week later, he took the Preakness. The Belmont Stakes looked to be Pensive's for the taking. That year, the Belmont (at the time the least of the three races), had finally upped its purse to $50,000. Pensive was in the lead and headed for the wire and the winner's circle, when seemingly out of the blue, Bounding Home inched by to take the race by less than half a length.

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