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contemplation

[kon-tuhm-pley-shuhn, -tem-]
noun
1.
the act of contemplating; thoughtful observation.
2.
full or deep consideration; reflection: religious contemplation.
3.
purpose or intention.
4.
prospect or expectation.

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

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contemplation (ˌkɒntɛmˈpleɪʃən, -təm-)
 
n
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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contemplation
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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