self-con·​tem·​pla·​tion ˌself-ˌkän-təm-ˈplā-shən How to pronounce self-contemplation (audio)
: the act of studying or contemplating oneself
Journals kept in the past were, of course, written by literate people with the leisure for self-contemplation.Kelly Kerney

Example Sentences

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Word History

First Known Use

1675, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-contemplation was in 1675

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“Self-contemplation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

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