contemplation

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noun con·tem·pla·tion \ˌkän-təm-ˈplā-shən, -ˌtem-\

Definition of contemplation

  1. 1a :  concentration on spiritual things as a form of private devotionb :  a state of mystical awareness of God's being

  2. 2 :  an act of considering with attention :  study made the decision after much contemplation

  3. 3 :  the act of regarding steadily was lost in quiet contemplation of the scene

  4. 4 :  intention, expectation “A considerable crime is in contemplation.” — Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Examples of contemplation in a Sentence

  1. contemplation of the meaning of life

  2. He goes to the forest to spend time in contemplation of nature.

  3. She was lost in quiet contemplation of the scene.

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Origin and Etymology of contemplation

see contemplate

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CONTEMPLATION Defined for English Language Learners

contemplation

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Definition of contemplation for English Language Learners

  • : the act of thinking deeply about something

  • : the act of looking carefully at something


CONTEMPLATION Defined for Kids

contemplation

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noun con·tem·pla·tion \ˌkän-təm-ˈplā-shən\

Definition of contemplation for Students

  1. 1 :  the act of thinking about spiritual things :  meditation

  2. 2 :  the act of looking at or thinking about something for some time



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