As adjectives the difference between pensive and reflective
is that pensive
is having the appearance of deep, often melancholic, thinking while reflective
is something which reflects, or redirects back to the source.
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
Having the appearance of deep, often melancholic, thinking.
Looking thoughtful, especially from sadness.
* 1748 . David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 4.
- Abstruse thought and profound researches I prohibit, and will severely punish, by the pensive melancholy which they introduce
Something which reflects, or redirects back to the source.
Thinking back on the past.
- Mirrors are reflective .
(computing, programming) Involving reflection.
- He always becomes reflective in preparation for the new year.