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adjectiveEnglish Regional, Scottish
Spruce, neat, careful with one's appearance.
Late Middle English (in an earlier sense). From Anglo-Norman and Middle French pensif pensive (in nominative singular frequently pensis). Loss of the final consonant may have been a parallel development in French and in English: see discussion s.v. -ive, and compare hasty, jolly, etc.
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