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 Dictionary entry overview: What does contemplation mean? 

  The noun CONTEMPLATION has 2 senses:

1. a long and thoughtful observation
2. a calm lengthy intent consideration

  Familiarity information: CONTEMPLATION used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1contemplation [BACK TO TOP]


A long and thoughtful observation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("contemplation" is a kind of...):

stare (a fixed look with eyes open wide)

Sense 2contemplation [BACK TO TOP]


A calm lengthy intent consideration

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents


musing; reflection; rumination; thoughtfulness; contemplation; reflexion

Hypernyms ("contemplation" is a kind of...):

consideration (the process of giving careful thought to something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "contemplation"):

cogitation; study (attentive consideration and meditation)

meditation; speculation (continuous and profound contemplation or musing on a subject or series of subjects of a deep or abstruse nature)

meditation ((religion) contemplation of spiritual matters (usually on religious or philosophical subjects))

introspection; self-contemplation; self-examination (the contemplation of your own thoughts and desires and conduct)

omphaloskepsis (contemplation of one's navel)

retrospect (contemplation of things past)

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