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contemplation

noun [U] uk   /ˌkɒn.təmˈpleɪ.ʃən/ us    /ˌkɑːn.t̬əm-/
serious and quiet thought for a period of time: She was staring out over the lake, lost in contemplation. The nuns have an hour for silent contemplation every morning.
contemplative
adjective uk   /kənˈtem.plə.tɪv/ us    /-t̬ɪv/
Her mood was calm and contemplative.
contemplatively
adverb uk   /kənˈtem.plə.tɪv.li/ us    /-t̬ɪv-/
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