• WordNet 3.6
    • adj contemplative deeply or seriously thoughtful; "Byron lives on not only in his poetry, but also in his creation of the 'Byronic hero' - the persona of a brooding melancholy young man"
    • n contemplative a person devoted to the contemplative life
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Contemplative (R. C. Ch) A religious or either sex devoted to prayer and meditation, rather than to active works of charity.
    • Contemplative Having the power of contemplation; as, contemplative faculties.
    • Contemplative Pertaining to contemplation; addicted to, or employed in, contemplation; meditative. "Fixed and contemplative their looks."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • contemplative Given to or characterized by contemplation or continued and absorbed reflection; employed in reflection or study; reflective; meditative; thoughtful: as, a contemplative mind.
    • contemplative Marked by contemplation; manifesting reflection or a studious habit.
    • contemplative Relating or pertaining to contemplation or thought, as distinguished from action: as, contemplative philosophy; the contemplative faculty (that is, the faculty of cognition).
    • n contemplative One given to contemplation or deep thought, especially on religious subjects; a recluse; a hermit.
    • n contemplative Eccles., a friar of the order of Mary Magdalene.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj., n Contemplative given to contemplation
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  • Jacob Bronowski
    “The world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation. The hand is the cutting edge of the mind.”
  • Meister Eckhart
    “What a man takes in by contemplation, that he pours out in love.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “In contemplation, if a man begins with certainties he shall end in doubts; but if he be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.”
  • Charles Dickens
    “Let us be moral. Let us contemplate existence.”
  • Ghose Aurobindo
    Ghose Aurobindo
    “The fly that touches honey cannot use it's wings; so too the soul that clings to spiritual sweetness ruins it's freedom and hinders contemplation.”
  • Francis Picabia
    “My ass contemplates those who talk behind my back.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. contemplatif, L. contemplativus,


In literature:

After dinner I had a chair placed on the balcony of our inn, and sat for some time contemplating a scene altogether new and delightful.
"The Diary of an Ennuyée" by Anna Brownell Jameson
I returned to the contemplation of the picture.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
He stood up and contemplated the stream that divided them with a measuring eye.
"The Swindler and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
Fortunately for us Contemplation and Perseverance have other engagements, which draw them away.
"The Growth of English Drama" by Arnold Wynne
Unexpectedly it got many times more than at first had been contemplated.
"The New York Times Current History: the European War, February, 1915" by Various
The generic resemblance contemplated is just what we should expect to find, if the doctrine of evolutionary psychology be true.
"A Candid Examination of Theism" by George John Romanes
Jessie was once more reflectively contemplating the masses of overhanging ice on the opposite bank.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
Louisa had risen and contemplated with a melancholy air the deserted landscape.
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
He had evidently come out to fasten the noisy shutters and had paused to contemplate the tempest.
"Tom Slade's Double Dare" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
This is too dreadful to contemplate.
"The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari" by James S. De Benneville

In poetry:

Soft wings, in contemplation oftentime
Stretched on the ocean-depths that drown desire,
Where lightening tides in never-falling chime
Ring round the angel isles in glass and fire:
"On The Picture Of An Angel" by Digby Mackworth Dolben
Directing all by her immortall light,
In this huge sea of sorrowes, griefes, and feares;
With contemplation of Gods powrefull might,
Shee fils the eies, the hearts, the tongues, the eares
"The Authors Dreame To The Ladie Marie" by Aemilia Lanyer
Oh Maggie, ask me in to tea
And we can talk things over,
And contemplate the nuptial state,
For I am still your lover:
And though the bell be slow to chime
We'll no be grudgin' o' the time.
"Old Sweethearts" by Robert W Service
Now, Ignacio the well born lies on the stone.
All is finished. What is happening! Contemplate his face:
death has covered him with pale sulphur
and has place on him the head of dark Minotaur.
"Lament For Ignacio Sanchez Mejias" by Federico Garcia Lorca
You will notice that this question, as a whole,
Is a matter over which we've some control;
For, it we'd contemplated
Ere the members we created,
We would not have landed things in such a hole.
"An Error in Creation" by C J Dennis
HAIL , Solitude! whose silent sphere
Is music to th' harmonious ear.
O! waft me from the realms of pride,
And let me to thy bosom glide,
Amid thy calm sequester'd grove,
Where sons of contemplation rove!
"An Ode On Solitude" by Emma Lyon

In news:

If you were an entrepreneur contemplating a new business in this economy, would your first choice be founding a new airline.
Perhaps Monday was a pivotal point in sports culture, the day people got to contemplate whether the whole business of fandom might be going off the rails.
This week, a story in The Washington Times by Marc Bennetts reported that Russia's Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky is contemplating whether to lay Lenin 's body to rest.
But you really need to know only one number when contemplating the Toyota 4Runner: 9.6 inches.
Janik's agent had informed Detroit last week that he was contemplating an offer in Europe.
Disaster preparedness is about as sexy as flossing regularly, but a new alternate reality game could put the fun into contemplating the destruction of Los Angeles.
Contemplating a career centered on mathematics .
Somerset Maugham Contemplates the Future of American Writers.
When he isn't pondering the inner workings of the mind, Read Montague, a 43-year-old neuroscientist at Baylor College of Medicine, has been known to contemplate the other mysteries of life: for instance, the Pepsi Challenge.
Lars von Trier's Melancholia , which opened Friday, contemplates a scenario in which another planet crashes into Earth.
Theaters are for watching live performances, and art museums are for contemplating inanimate objects - except in Shen Wei's world.
On April 21st at the Chapel House on the Albany SUNY Campus, the first Mindfulness and Contemplative Practices Conference took place.
Those brushing up an existing business or contemplating a new one will find a variety of topics discussed in the Muskegon Area Chamber of Commerce's Business Tune-up Series this fall.
With their 2nd LP "Novel Sounds of the Nouveau South" this Springfield, MO band adds some contemplative and historical lyrics to their hook-filled roots-rock.
mumbled the Mouser as he contemplated a recent missive from Microsoft's Jim Allchin.

In science:

Given there are these two important matter components that essentially drive the dynamics, it is worth contemplate them as a single whole.
Light propagation with non-minimal couplings in a two-component cosmic dark fluid with an Archimedean-type force and unlighted cosmological epochs
However, as the distinguishing power of the single-particle DTQRW is not universal on SRGs, we can contemplate how to increase this distinguishing power.
Comparing algorithms for graph isomorphism using discrete- and continuous-time quantum random walks
In contemplating the possibility of measuring a global transmission spectrum for HD 189733b from measurements widely separated in time, we make the assumption that intrinsic variations in the atmosphere of the planet over time are smaller than the present observational uncertainties.
The prevalence of dust on the exoplanet HD 189733b from Hubble and Spitzer observations
There would thus be no room for intrinsic randomness, and any apparent randomness would again be a consequence of our lack of control over hypothetical “hidden variables” not contemplated by the quantum formalism.
Full randomness from arbitrarily deterministic events
It is unlikely that many physicists will contemplate seriously the second alternative12 .
Quantum correlations in Newtonian space and time: arbitrarily fast communication or nonlocality