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pensive

adjective     /ˈpen.sɪv/
thinking in a quiet way, often with a serious expression on your face : She became withdrawn and pensive, hardly speaking to anyone.Deep in thought pensively     /-li/ adverb He gazed pensively at the glass in front of him, lost in thought .Deep in thought
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