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 for contemplation
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Contemplation \Con`tem*pla"tion\, n. [F. contemplation, L.
     contemplatio.]
     1. The act of the mind in considering with attention;
        continued attention of the mind to a particular subject;
        meditation; musing; study.
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              In contemplation of created things,
              By steps we may ascend to God.        --Milton.
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              Contemplation is keeping the idea which is brought
              into the mind for some time actually in view.
                                                    --Locke.
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     2. Holy meditation. [Obs.]
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              To live in prayer and contemplation.  --Shak.
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     3. The act of looking forward to an event as about to happen;
        expectation; the act of intending or purposing.
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              In contemplation of returning at an early date, he
              left.                                 --Reid.
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     To have in contemplation, to inted or purpose, or to have
        under consideration.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  contemplation
      n 1: a long and thoughtful observation
      2: a calm, lengthy, intent consideration [syn: contemplation,
         reflection, reflexion, rumination, musing,
         thoughtfulness]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  211 Moby Thesaurus words for "contemplation":
     Angelus, Ave, Ave Maria, Hail Mary, Kyrie Eleison, Paternoster,
     a wise passiveness, absorbed attention, absorption, advisement,
     aid prayer, anticipation, appeal, application, ataraxia, ataraxy,
     beadroll, beads, beseechment, bidding prayer, boning, brainwork,
     breviary, brooding, calmness, certainty, chaplet, collect,
     communion, composure, concentration, confidence, conning,
     consideration, contemplative life, counsel, cram, cramming,
     deep study, deep thought, deliberation, devotions, discretion,
     do-nothing policy, do-nothingism, do-nothingness, dormancy, drill,
     engagement, engrossment, entreaty, envisagement, envisionment,
     examination, exercise, expectancy, expectation, extensive study,
     eyeball inspection, farseeingness, farsightedness, forecast,
     foreglance, foregleam, foreglimpse, forehandedness, foreseeing,
     foresight, foresightedness, grace, grind, grinding, headwork,
     idleness, immersion, imminence, immobility, imperturbability,
     impetration, imploration, inaction, inactivity, indolence, inertia,
     inertness, inspection, intentness, intercession, invocation,
     involvement, laissez-aller, laissez-faire, laissez-faireism,
     litany, longsightedness, looking ahead, lucid stillness,
     lucubration, marmoreal repose, meditation, mental labor, monomania,
     musing, neutralism, neutrality, neutralness, nirvana,
     noninvolvement, nonparticipation, nonresistance, nonviolence,
     nonviolent resistance, obsecration, obsession, obtestation,
     ocular inspection, orison, overview, pacifism, paralysis,
     passive resistance, passive self-annihilation, passiveness,
     passivism, passivity, peace, peacefulness, perusal, petition,
     placidity, placidness, policy, pondering, practice, prayer,
     prayer wheel, prediction, preoccupation, preparation,
     prepublication, preview, prevision, probability, procrastination,
     profound thought, prospect, prospection, providence, provision,
     prudence, quiescence, quiescency, quiet, quietism, quietness,
     quietude, rapt attention, readiness, reading, reflection, reliance,
     repose, rest, restfulness, restudy, restudying, review, revolving,
     rogation, rosary, rumination, sagacity, satori, scrutiny, serenity,
     silence, silent prayer, silken repose, single-mindedness, sleep,
     slumber, speculation, stagnancy, stagnation, standpattism, stasis,
     stillness, studiousness, study, studying, subject, submersion,
     suit, supplication, survey, swotting, thanks, thanksgiving,
     the eye, thought, tranquillity, unastonishment, vegetation,
     vetting, visual examination, vita contemplativa, waiting game,
     watching and waiting, weighing, wide reading, wise passiveness
  
  

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