Definitions of contemplate


if a particular law, document, regulation or other rule, guideline or official decision contemplates a particular circumstance or example, then that circumstance or example falls within its authority

The Social Security Act did not contemplate the type of events that gave rise to the claimant's current action.


to spend time thinking about a possible future action or event; to be able to think about something or imagine something, especially some event that might have (usually negative) consequences

The parties to the contract did not contemplate or foresee the cause of the destruction.


to think about something seriously for a long time

I'm contemplating legal action.