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cogitation

[koj-i-tey-shuh n] /ˌkɒdʒ ɪˈteɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
concerted thought or reflection; meditation; contemplation:
After hours of cogitation he came up with a new proposal.
2.
the faculty of thinking:
She was a serious student and had a great power of cogitation.
3.
a thought; design or plan:
to jot down one's cogitations.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English cogitaciun < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin cōgitātiōn- (stem of cōgitātiō), equivalent to cōgitāt(us) (see cogitate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
precogitation, noun
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  • The sympathies of our nature are strengthened by pondering cogitations, and deadened by thoughtless use.
  • He adopted language as his main vehicle and has been using it ever since to demonstrate knotty cogitations about art and meaning.
  • But still all these cogitations are the powers of the spirit, not of matter.
  • The result of her cogitations was tha she would avail herself of the option giver.
Word Origin and History for cogitations

cogitation

n.

c.1200, "thought, idea, notion," from Old French cogitacion "thought, consideration, reflection," from Latin cogitationem (nominative cogitatio), noun of action from past participle stem of cogitare "to think, reflect, consider, turn over in the mind," apparently from co-agitare, from com- "together" (see co-) + agitare, here in a sense of "to turn over in the mind," literally "to put in constant motion, drive, impel," frequentative of agere "to move, drive" (see agitation).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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cogitations in the Bible

(or "thoughts," as the Chaldee word in Dan. 7:28 literally means), earnest meditation.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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