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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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  • Investors Getting Pensive About Russia ETFs Again
    Amid harsh rhetoric and speculation a civil war is brewing in the eastern part of Ukraine, investors are again approaching Russia exchange traded funds in cautious fashion. On Tuesday, the Market Vectors ... Read more on this news related to 'Pensive'
  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia pensive before US jobs test, euro nurses losses
    * Euro lower as ECB steps up easing rhetoric, stops short of action SYDNEY, April 4 (Reuters) - Asian markets were settling for a subdued session on Friday as investors counted down the hours to the U.S. jobs report, while the euro nursed a grudge after the European Central Bank opened the door to more aggressive easing, albeit not just yet. Australia's share Read more on this news related to 'Pensive'
  • Advani blinks: agrees to contest from Gandhinagar
    Pensive BJP leader LK Advani. Pensive BJP leader LK Advani. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday managed to get LK Advani to accept the party’s decision to field him from the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat in Gujarat. Read more on this news related to 'Pensive'

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