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ruminative adj : persistently or morbidly thoughtful [syn: brooding, broody, contemplative, meditative, musing, pensive, pondering, reflective]

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  1. causing rumination or prone to it; thoughtful.
    The ruminative 'cello uttered two phrases of its own and then began a dialogue with the viola. — Patrick O'Brian, "Master and Commander", 1970.


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