[ kon-tuh m-pley-shuh n, -tem- ]
/ ˌkɒn təmˈpleɪ ʃən, -tɛm- /


the act of contemplating; thoughtful observation.
full or deep consideration; reflection: religious contemplation.
purpose or intention.
prospect or expectation.


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Origin of contemplation

1175–1225; < Latin contemplātiōn- (stem of contemplātiō); see contemplate, -ion; replacing Middle English contemplaci(o)un < Anglo-French < Latin, as above

OTHER WORDS FROM contemplation

pre·con·tem·pla·tion, nounre·con·tem·pla·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for contemplation

/ (ˌkɒntɛmˈpleɪʃən, -təm-) /


thoughtful or long consideration or observation
spiritual meditation esp (in Christian religious practice) concentration of the mind and soul upon GodCompare meditation
purpose or intention
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