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Thorpe had concluded his philosophical remarks with ruminative slowness.

Yet it was not exactly a stare; it was too thoughtful, too ruminative, too unconscious for that.

She gazed steadily at the glowing coals, ruminative, reflective.

He paused for a while, then went on with ruminative authority.

Hers had been a ruminative existence, for its uncertainty but rarely disturbed her.

Sally Dutton came in and found her friend in this ruminative mood.

Yet he remarked in a ruminative tone, "I shall be very glad of the money."

"Do you know, it's rather a pity you don't like me," said Hal, with ruminative frankness.

The hero is now seen seated in a Morris chair in Washington, touching his finger-tips together in a ruminative manner.

After a vain attempt to smoke a quiet and ruminative pipe he arose and began to wander about.

WORD ORIGIN

1530s, "to turn over in the mind," also "to chew cud" (1540s), from Latin ruminatus, past participle of ruminare "to chew the cud; turn over in the mind," from rumen (genitive ruminis) "gullet," of uncertain origin. Related: Ruminated; ruminating.

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