- the act of contemplating; thoughtful observation.
- full or deep consideration; reflection: religious contemplation.
- purpose or intention.
- prospect or expectation.
Origin of contemplation
- 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
c.1200, "religious musing," from Old French contemplation or directly from Latin contemplationem (nominative contemplatio) "act of looking at," from contemplat-, past participle stem of contemplari "to gaze attentively, observe," originally "to mark out a space for observation" (as an augur does). From com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + templum "area for the taking of auguries" (see temple (n.1)).