What does contemplation mean?

Definitions for contemplation
ˌkɒn təmˈpleɪ ʃən, -tɛm-con·tem·pla·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. contemplationnoun

    a long and thoughtful observation

  2. contemplation, reflection, reflexion, rumination, musing, thoughtfulnessnoun

    a calm, lengthy, intent consideration


  1. contemplationnoun

    The act of the mind in considering with attention; continued attention of the mind to a particular subject; meditation; musing; study.

  2. contemplationnoun

    Holy meditation.

  3. contemplationnoun

    The act of looking forward to an event as about to happen; expectation; the act of intending or purposing.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Contemplationnoun

    Etymology: from contemplate.

    How now, what serious contemplation are you in? William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Contemplation is keeping the idea, which is brought into the mind, for some time actually in view. John Locke.

    I have breathed a secret vow,
    To live in prayer and contemplation,
    Only attended by Nerissa here. William Shakespeare, Merch. of Venice.

    There are two functions, contemplation and practice, according to that general division of objects; some of which entertain our speculation, others employ our actions. South.


  1. Contemplation

    In a religious context, the practice of contemplation seeks a direct awareness of the divine which transcends the intellect, often in accordance with prayer or meditation.


  1. contemplation

    Contemplation refers to deep thinking or pondering about something for an extended period of time. It is a form of focused reflection or introspection, often related to philosophical, spiritual or personal issues. Contemplation can also be associated with the deliberate and prolonged consideration of options or possibilities before making a decision.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Contemplationnoun

    the act of the mind in considering with attention; continued attention of the mind to a particular subject; meditation; musing; study

  2. Contemplationnoun

    holy meditation

  3. Contemplationnoun

    the act of looking forward to an event as about to happen; expectation; the act of intending or purposing

  4. Etymology: [F. contemplation, L. contemplatio.]


  1. Contemplation

    Contemplation means "to admire something and think about it." The word contemplation comes from the Latin word contemplatio. Its root is also that of the Latin word templum, a piece of ground consecrated for the taking of auspices, or a building for worship, derived either from Proto-Indo-European base *tem- "to cut", and so a "place reserved or cut out" or from the Proto-Indo-European base *temp- "to stretch", and thus referring to a cleared space in front of an altar. The Latin word contemplatio was used to translate the Greek word θεωρία. In a religious sense, contemplation is usually a type of prayer or meditation.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of contemplation in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of contemplation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of contemplation in a Sentence

  1. John Kilduff:

    A move to put more oil on the market by Saudi Arabia and Russia would be very bearish for prices. The mere contemplation of it has hit oil prices this week.

  2. Jane Meier:

    Before his state deteriorated further, the decision was made with a heavy heart and much contemplation, to humanely euthanize our dear friend, Phevos.

  3. Malaak Compton-Rock:

    After much contemplation and 19 years of marriage, Chris and I have decided to go our separate ways, my children remain at the center of my life, and their well-being is my top priority. It is in this spirit that I sincerely ask that their privacy and the privacy of our family be respected during this transition in our lives.

  4. Oscar Wilde:

    The fact is, that civilization requires slaves. The Greeks were quite right there. Unless there are slaves to do the ugly, horrible, uninteresting work, culture, and contemplation become almost impossible. Human slavery is wrong, insecure, and demoralizing. On mechanical slavery, on the slavery of the machine, the future of the world depends.

  5. Martin Tobias Lithner:

    Theology I would say can be described as the trajectory of the sacred parabola, where faith ascends into the cosmic heights and descends into the depths of existential contemplation. In this divine curve, each theological reflection becomes a celestial arc, tracing the path of faith's ascent and the graceful descent into the mysteries of the divine.

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  • تفكُّرArabic
  • очакване, съзерцание, размишлениеBulgarian
  • meditace, rozjímáníCzech
  • KontemplationGerman
  • تفکرPersian
  • tutkiskelu, suunnittelu, mietiskelyFinnish
  • contemplationFrench
  • चिंतनHindi
  • ಚಿಂತನೆKannada
  • beschouwing, bespiegeling, overwegingDutch
  • kontemplacjaPolish
  • предвкушение, созерцание, раздумье, размышление, медитация, благочестивые размышленияRussian
  • sozercanjeSerbo-Croatian
  • غور کرنا۔Urdu
  • 沉思Chinese

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