[kon-tuhm-pley-shuhn, -tem-]
the act of contemplating; thoughtful observation.
full or deep consideration; reflection: religious contemplation.
purpose or intention.
prospect or expectation.

1175–1225; < Latin contemplātiōn- (stem of contemplātiō); see contemplate, -ion; replacing Middle English contemplaci(o)un < Anglo-French < Latin, as above

precontemplation, noun
recontemplation, noun Unabridged
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contemplation (ˌkɒntɛmˈpleɪʃən, -təm-)
1.  thoughtful or long consideration or observation
2.  Compare meditation spiritual meditation esp (in Christian religious practice) concentration of the mind and soul upon God
3.  purpose or intention

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Word Origin & History

early 13c., from O.Fr. contemplation, from L. contemplationem "act of looking at," from contemplari "to gaze attentively, observe," orig. "to mark out a space for observation" (as an augur does). From com- intensive prefix + templum "area for the taking of auguries" (see
temple). Originally in Eng., "religious musing."
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Example sentences
The total amount of suffering per year in the natural world is beyond all
  decent contemplation.
Many of his poems are full of a slow, sad contemplation of life and a
  reflection of its brave futility.
Prayer is the contemplation of the facts of life from the highest point of view.
To the soul they give intelligence and that delectation that cometh of the
  contemplation of truth.
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