Meaning of contemplation

con•tem•pla•tion

Pronunciation: (kon"tum-plā'shun, -tem-), [key]
— n.
  1. the act of contemplating; thoughtful observation.
  2. full or deep consideration; reflection: religious contemplation.
  3. purpose or intention.
  4. prospect or expectation.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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